SLENDER LADY'S TRESSES
File Size: 33 KB
 
Spiranthes lacera   (Raf. ) Raf.  var. gracilis  (Bigel. ) Luer
Cherokee County, Kansas
Perennial
Height: 6-24 inches
Family: Orchidaceae - Orchid Family
Flowering Period:   August, September,October
Also Called: Slender ladies'-tresses.
Stems: Erect, slender, glabrous.
Leaves: Basal, 2-5, often absent at flowering; short-stalked; ovate to elliptic, .6 to 2.5 inch long, .4 to 1 inch wide; tips pointed.
Inflorescences: Spike, 1.2 to 6 inches long; flowers evenly spaced in single tight spiral.
Flowers: Floral bracts ovate to ovate-lanceolate, 1/5 to 2/5 inch long, 1/25 to 1/8 inch wide; tips pointed to tapering-pointed; perianth narrow, tubular in appearance, 1/6 to 1/4 inch long; sepals 3, petal-like, oblong lanceolate to lanceolate, white; petals 3, linear, white; lip white with green center, tip irregularly cleft.
Fruits: Capsule, erect, ellipsoid to ovoid, 1/8 to 1/4 inch long, 1/12 to 1/6 inch wide; seeds numerous, tiny.
Habitat: Open, dry or rocky deciduous woods, dry to moist meadows and prairies, roadsides, old fields; sandstone, chert, or igneous soils.
Distribution: East 1/2 of Kansas
Origin: Native
Uses: Native Americans used the root as a charm to bring good luck when hunting.
Comments: Latin lacera "lacerated" or "irregularly torn", alluding to the margin of the perianth lip.
 See also Spring lady's tresses and Lady's tresses

Slender lady's tresses
37 KB
Cherokee County, Kansas
Slender lady's tresses
29 KB
Cherokee County, Kansas
Slender lady's tresses
29 KB
Cherokee County, Kansas