Spiranthes lucida (H.H.Eaton) Ames
Family: Orchidaceae
shampoo orchid,  more...
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Jeff Hapeman  
Etymology: 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"
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-11" tall forb; stems with 2-3 scale-like leaves between the main leaves and the inflorescence
Leaves: basal, lance-like to oblong, persisting through and past flowering
Flowers: white, 6-parted, lip 1/4" long, smooth, bright yellow; inflorescence a 3/4"-2 3/4" dense, spike-like spiral (raceme) of usually 3 stalks with 3-4 flowers per cycle; blooms June-July, earliest blooming of this genus
Habitat: damp; woods, shores of large rivers, fens, calcareous (hard water) seeps
Conservation Status: Special Concern
Spiranthes lucida image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Spiranthes lucida image
Jeff Hapeman  
Spiranthes lucida image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Spiranthes lucida image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Spiranthes lucida image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Spiranthes lucida image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Spiranthes lucida image