Spring Lady Tresses   Pale Grass Pink Orchid
Spiranthes vernalis                Calopogon tuberosus            
             
Engelmann & A. Gray               
Orchidaceae (Orchid) Family

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Grass-leaf Ladies’ Tresses Orchid and Spring Lady Tresses

Plant is an upright, smooth to hairy perennial with fleshy roots. Preferred habitat is marshes, bogs, wet open sites, stream edges and yards. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are slender; sheathing the stem; five or six in number; mostly basal; linear to lance-like.

Flowers are in a spiraled spike; slightly nodding. Sepals and petals are similar except the lower lip is more showy. Center of flower is greenish-yellow; slightly toothed at the apex. Flowering occurs in the spring.

Fruit is a capsule.

There are as many as eight varieties of this orchid in the Escambia region. Description and habitat is the same as Grass-leaf Ladies’ Tresses except the Nodding does not open as fully and the flowers are slightly nodding. The spiral around the stem is not as pronounced.

Pale Grass Pink Orchid

Plant is an upright, smooth plant with fibrous roots. Preferred habitat is savannas, bogs and wet ditches. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are solitary but occasionally two will appear; egg-shaped to widest in the middle. Tip may be blunt to nearly rounded. Leaf has no lobes and no teeth.

Flowers are one to three on the stem. Sepals and petals are similar except the lower lip is more showy; pink to white; fragrant.

Fruit is a capsule.

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