Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2154

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas
Documented growing wild in - NC SC?

Rare

Look for it in meadows and pastures at moderate to high elevations, up to at least 1500m in elevation, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun

LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly basal

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Yellowish
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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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Asparagales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Spiranthes ochroleuca   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Spiranthes ochroleuca   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of Vascular Plants of NE US & Adjacent Canada (Gleason & Cronquist,1991)
Spiranthes cernua var. ochroleuca

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Ibidium ochroleucum

 

COMMON NAME:
Yellow Ladies-tresses, Yellow Nodding Ladies'-tresses


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image of Spiranthes ochroleuca

Jim Fowler    jafsocholeuca_group

September        ME

These flowers are usually more yellowish than the bright white S. cernua, per Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History.

image of Spiranthes ochroleuca

JK Marlow    jkm130927_635

September    Transylvania County    NC

The bloom stem is about 10-15" tall and is usually tightly coiled, per Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History.

image of Spiranthes ochroleuca

JK Marlow    jkm130927_643

September    Transylvania County    NC

image of Spiranthes ochroleuca

JK Marlow    jkm130927_650

September    Transylvania County    NC

The 3-5 slender, acuminate basal leaves are present at blooming, per Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History.