Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Spiranthes cernua (L.) Rich. image
Photographer: Paul Drobot           

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Caroline A. Creevey

Emmet J. Judziewicz

Emmet J. Judziewicz

Jeff Hapeman

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Robert W. Freckmann

Theodore S. Cochrane
Family Orchidaceae
Spiranthes cernua (L.) Rich.
nodding lady's-tresses
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"
cernua: Latin for "nodding"
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 4"-36" tall forb; single stem with 3-8 scale-like leaves between the main leaves and the inflorescence
Flower: white (rarely yellowish), 6-parted, slightly nodding only at the base, sepals not connected, side sepals either straight or only slightly spreading; 1/3" long lip usually with wavy edges; inflorescence a 3/4"-7" dense, spike-like, tight spiral (raceme) of several stalks with 3 to 4 stalked flowers per cycle; blooms July-Sept.
Leaf:basal, narrowly lance-like, 4"-24" long with pointed tips, clasping, persistent when blooming, hairy leaf axils
Habitat: sun; moist; bogs, prairies, fields, ditches; in slightly acidic, sandy soil

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Flora of North America (off site)
Gyrostachys cernua (L.) Kuntze
Ibidium cernuum (L.) House
Ophrys cernua L.
Spiranthes cernua (L.) Rich. var. incurva Jenn.

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