GREAT PLAINS LADIES’ TRESSES
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Spiranthes magnicamporum  Sheviak
Comanche County, Kansas
Perennial
Height: 4-24 inches
Family: Orchidaceae - Orchid Family
Flowering Period:   August, September,October
Stems: Flowering stems erect, green, simple, glabrous proximally, puberulent to stipitate-puberulent distally.
Leaves: Basal, usually withering before anthesis; blade linear-lanceolate to oblanceolate, .8 to 2 inches long, .4 to .8 inch wide, apex acute, base sheathing stem.
Inflorescences: Spikes, terminal, 10-50-flowered, with 2-3 tight spirals of flowers; rachis moderately stipitate-puberulent; bracts ovate, .28 to .9 inch, apex acuminate.
Flowers: Sepals 3, white, petal-like, lateral ones curved and spreading, often arching above flower, linear-lanceolate, .28 to .43 inch long, .06 to .12 inch wide; petals 3, white, distinct, linear, .28 to .43 inch; lip white, sometimes with yellow center, oblong-ovate, .2 to .5 inch long, .12 to .15 inch wide, not constricted medially, glabrous, margins crenulate.
Fruits: Fruits Capsules, erect, ellipsoid to ovoid. Seeds numerous.
Habitat: Calcareous tallgrass and mixed-grass prairies.
Distribution: East 2/3 of Kansas
Origin: Native
Comments: Spiranthes, coil and flower, alluding to the spirally arranged spike and magnicamporum great and plain.

Great Plains ladies’ tresses flowers
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Comanche County, Kansas
Great Plains ladies’ tresses
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Comanche County, Kansas
Great Plains ladies’ tresses inflorescence
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Comanche County, Kansas
Great Plains ladies’ tresses flowers
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Comanche County, Kansas