Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1456

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon

Look for it in bogs, swamps, ditches, usually in acidic, sphagnous situations, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly basal

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
White
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
3 sepals, two lateral and one dorsal
3 petals, the two lateral similar and a third (the lip) enlarged
stamens and pistil fused together into a column
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Asparagales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Spiranthes cernua   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Spiranthes cernua   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 049-12-002a:
Spiranthes cernua var. cernua   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Ibidium cernuum

 

COMMON NAME:
Nodding Ladies'-tresses


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image of Spiranthes cernua, Nodding Ladies'-tresses

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_ibce_001_lvd

        

image of Spiranthes cernua, Nodding Ladies'-tresses

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_spce_012_lvd

        

image of Spiranthes cernua, Nodding Ladies'-tresses

Keith Bradley    kab_s_cernua_2873

October    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Flowers arranged in more than one rank, each rank spiraling upward, per Native Orchids of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

image of Spiranthes cernua, Nodding Ladies'-tresses

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_s_cernua_cropped

October        

image of Spiranthes cernua, Nodding Ladies'-tresses

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_spiranthes_cernua

October        

Flowers' base arched prominently downward, giving flwrs a nodding posture, per Native Orchids of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

image of Spiranthes cernua, Nodding Ladies'-tresses

Ron Lance    rwl_spiranthes_cernua

October    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

Plants may be up to a foot high, per Native Orchids of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

image of Spiranthes cernua, Nodding Ladies'-tresses

Steve Marlow    snm101022_015

October    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Spiranthes cernua, Nodding Ladies'-tresses

Steve Marlow    snm101022_019

October    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Spiranthes cernua, Nodding Ladies'-tresses

Steve Marlow    snm101022_025

October    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway