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Small plant in the Orchid family with a slender stalk, 2 basal leaves, and a short spire of white flowers. This is a first time spotting for Project Noah. Spiranthes ovalis is considered a rare orchid in the Southeastern US, and is considered IMPERILED (S2S3) here in Georgia. Its growing preferences include dappled shade, moist but well-drained loam or clay-loam, and the presence of specific mycorrhizal fungi.
Located near ferns in a dense mixed hardwood forest.
This orchid is cleistagamous, meaning it automatically self-pollinates via its closed flowers.
Spotted on Sep 24, 2017
Submitted on Sep 25, 2017
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