Spiranthes magnicamporum

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Scientific Name Spiranthes magnicamporum USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Great Plains Lady's Tresses ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Orchidaceae (Orchid) SEINet Reference
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Description Habitat: Open prairie in both low, moist areas and higher, gravelly sites; calcareous soils.
Plant: Upright perennial 4 to 16 inches tall, single stem; individual plants scattered.
Leaves: Basal leaves in a rosette, gone by blooming time; a few lanceolate bracts tight along the stem.
Inflorescence: 20 to 40 small spirally-arranged, fragrant, tubular flowers on a spike 2 to 4 inches long; each up to 1/2-inch long with 3 white sepals and 3 white petals with yellowish bases; upper sepal and upper two petals form an upward-curling curved hood with 3 lobes; lower petal with prominent, hanging lip; lateral sepals widely spreading, often pointing upward.
Bloom Period: September to December.
References: Minnesota Wildflowers and SEINet.
Texas Status

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