Friday, May 8, 2009

Wetland Plant of the Week #16

Spiranthes praecox

"lady's tresses"

Spiranthes praecox is one of approximately 12 species of Spiranthes found in Florida. They’re single stemmed, non-epiphytic, perennial orchids with basal “grass-like” leaves and small white flowers arranged along a spiral central axis.

Photographed yesterday near the Ochlockonee River Wildlife Management Area in Leon County, Florida.

Here is a nifty video from Louisiana State University describing the anatomy and habitat of Spiranthes praecox:

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