Photographer: R.K. Kupfer
Spiranthes romanzoffiana Cham.
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"
romanzoffiana: for Prince Nicholas Romanzoff who financed a round-the-world expedition in 1816-1817
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 4"-16" tall forb; stems with 3-5 scale-like leaves between the main leaves and the inflorescence|
|Flower: ||white to cream, 6-parted; lips 1/4" long, narrow above the middle, fiddle-shaped; sepals and petals together flaring outward at the top forming a hood; inflorescence a 1"-4" dense, spike-like spiral (raceme) of 3-4 stalks of more than 5 stalked flowers per cycle; blooms July-Sept.|
|Habitat: ||wet; swamps, bogs, shores|