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ladies'-tresses
Spiranthes species
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The ladies'-tresses are a group of species of small orchids with white or near white flowers arranged in a spiral around the stalk. They differ in details of blooming season, color, fragrance, size, etc. The name 'ladies'-tresses' alludes to the arrangement of the flowers, like coiled hair.

The blooming seasons are much later at this altitude than they are a few miles south in the Arkansas valley.
spring
ladies'-tresses

Spiranthes vernalis
little
ladies'-tresses

Spiranthes tuberosa
slender
ladies'-tresses

Spiranthes lacera
var. gracilis
nodding
ladies'-tresses

Spiranthes cernua
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Blooms: July
Color: White with yellow throat
Blooms: August
Color: White with white throat
Blooms: September
Color: White with green throat
Blooms: November
Color: White with cream throat
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This orchid is found in the eastern and central US. It is on the list of species of conservation concern in several northern states, but is one of the most common and widespread orchids in the southern states.

In Arkansas it is found in nearly every county.
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This ladies'-tresses orchid is found from Michigan to Massachusetts and south to Texas and Florida. It is on the species of conservation concern list of several states.

In Arkansas it is found in scattered locations throughout the state
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This orchid is found from Nebraska to Maine and south to Texas and Florida. It is on the species of conservation concern list of at least one state

In Arkansas it is found mostly in the Ozark and central regions.
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This orchid is found throughout the eastern and midwestern US, and is listed as a species of conservation concern in at least one state.

In Arkansas it has been recorded in nearly every county.
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