OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Asparagales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Spiranthes ovalis var. erostellata   FAMILY Orchidaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Spiranthes ovalis var. erostellata   FAMILY Orchidaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 049-12-001:
Spiranthes ovalis   FAMILY Orchidaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Ibidium ovale

 

COMMON NAME:
Lesser Ladies'-tresses, Oval Ladies'-tresses, October Ladies'-tresses


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image of Spiranthes ovalis var. erostellata, Lesser Ladies'-tresses, Oval Ladies'-tresses, October Ladies'-tresses

Rusty Wilson    fkw_spiranthes_09222019_1

September    Greenwood County    SC

Ninety Six National Historic Site

Prefers a heavily shaded habitat, per Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History.

image of Spiranthes ovalis var. erostellata, Lesser Ladies'-tresses, Oval Ladies'-tresses, October Ladies'-tresses

Rusty Wilson    fkw_spiranthes_09222019_2

September    Greenwood County    SC

Ninety Six National Historic Site

The 1/4" flowers are aligned in 3 fairly vertical ranks, per Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History.

image of Spiranthes ovalis var. erostellata, Lesser Ladies'-tresses, Oval Ladies'-tresses, October Ladies'-tresses

Rusty Wilson    fkw_spiranthes_09222019_3

September    Greenwood County    SC

Ninety Six National Historic Site

image of Spiranthes ovalis var. erostellata, Lesser Ladies'-tresses, Oval Ladies'-tresses, October Ladies'-tresses

Rusty Wilson    fkw_spiranthes_09222019_4

September    Greenwood County    SC

Ninety Six National Historic Site

3 or 4 shiny narrow leaves on lower half of stem are present at flowering, per Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History.

image of Spiranthes ovalis var. erostellata, Lesser Ladies'-tresses, Oval Ladies'-tresses, October Ladies'-tresses

Rusty Wilson    fkw_spiranthes_09222019_6

September    Greenwood County    SC

Ninety Six National Historic Site

image of Spiranthes ovalis var. erostellata, Lesser Ladies'-tresses, Oval Ladies'-tresses, October Ladies'-tresses

Jim Fowler    jafsovaliserostella_full

September    Rutherford County    NC

Flowers usually grouped tightly at the top of an 8-10" stem, per Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History.

image of Spiranthes ovalis var. erostellata, Lesser Ladies'-tresses, Oval Ladies'-tresses, October Ladies'-tresses

Jim Fowler    jafsovaliserostellata

September    Rutherford County    NC

image of Spiranthes ovalis var. erostellata, Lesser Ladies'-tresses, Oval Ladies'-tresses, October Ladies'-tresses

Keith Bradley    kab_s_ovalis_erostel_3920

September    Lancaster County    SC

Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve

Flowers of this variety are self-pollinating and don't open fully, per Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Spiranthes ovalis var. erostellata   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Spiranthes ovalis var. erostellata   FAMILY Orchidaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 049-12-001:
Spiranthes ovalis   FAMILY Orchidaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Ibidium ovale

 

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1457

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (rare in GA, rare in SC Mountains)

Habitat: swamp forests, bottomland forests, hammocks, ravine forests, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Basal

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
White
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
3 sepals, two lateral and one dorsal
3 petals, the two lateral similar and a third (the lip) enlarged
stamens and pistil fused together into a column
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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