Spiranthes ovalis
Family: Orchidaceae
October lady's-tresses, oval lady's-tresses
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Merel R. Black  
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, 6"-12" forb; stems with 3-4 scale-like leaves
Leaves: basal leaves long and narrow, persistent when blooming
Flowers: white to cream, 6-parted, less than 1/4" long with white to creamy lip; inflorescence 3/4"-2 1/3" tall, dense, spike-like spiral (raceme) of 3-4 stalks; blooms mid Sept.- mid Oct., later than most other Spiranthes
Habitat: dry; open woods, pastures
Conservation Status: Special Concern