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Oval Ladies' Tresses

Spiranthes ovalis

Description:

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.

Habitat:

Located near ferns in a dense mixed hardwood forest.

Notes:

This orchid is cleistagamous, meaning it automatically self-pollinates via its closed flowers.

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12 Comments

flowntheloop
flowntheloop a year ago

Thank you, Brian!! <3

Brian38
Brian38 a year ago

Congratulations Flowntheloop! Great spotting and pics!

flowntheloop
flowntheloop a year ago

Thanks a bunch, Mark!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Congrats.

flowntheloop
flowntheloop a year ago

Thank you all so much! I'm flattered! And I'm so glad this beautiful little orchid is getting some attention!

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta a year ago

Congratulations.

Christine Y.
Christine Y. a year ago

Fantastic spotting, congratulations!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a year ago

Congratulations flowntheloop, this beautiful orchid is our Spotting of the Day!

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flowntheloop
flowntheloop a year ago

I agree completely, Greg. It is a true pain to get the camera to focus properly with the spiraling effect. I'm glad you think I did it justice!

Greg Shchepanek
Greg Shchepanek a year ago

I find Spiranthes hard to photograph...You have captured it beautifully.

flowntheloop
flowntheloop a year ago

@Greg: Thank you so much. I was excited to find this lovely flower but quite saddened to hear of its status here in Georgia.

Greg Shchepanek
Greg Shchepanek a year ago

Great series of a delicate flower.

flowntheloop
Spotted by
flowntheloop

Georgia, USA

Lat: 34.58, Long: -84.69

Spotted on Sep 24, 2017
Submitted on Sep 25, 2017

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