Photographer: from USDA Plants website
Spiranthes lacera (Raf.) Raf. var. gracilis (Bigelow) Luer
Spiranthes: from the Greek speira, "spiral," and anthos, "flower," referring to the coiled or spiral character of the inflorescence, and hence the common nameladies tresses"
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 4"-16" tall forb; stems with 4 -7 scale-like leaves between the main leaves and the inflorescence|
|Flower: ||white, 6-parted; lip less than 1/4" long, hairy with rough edges and a greenish-yellow center; inflorescence a 1"-6" spike-like spiral (raceme) of 1 stalk with many stalked flowers; blooms July-Aug.|
|Leaf:||basal leaves oval to lance-like, spreading into a rosette; withering when blooming; hairy leaf axils|
|Habitat: ||dry; woods; in sandy soil|