Spiranthes aestivalis (Poiret) L.C.M. Richard 1818 Photo by Emilio Esteban and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Plant in Situ France Photo courtesy of Th. Pain and the Orchids of France and Europe

MID

Common Name The Summer Flowering Spiranthes

Flower Size 1/4"

Found from Morocco, Algeria, Spain, France, Great Britain, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary and Yugoslavia in damp dune slacks, peat bogs and damp grasslands at elevations up to 1400 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with 2 hairy, fusiform roots and giving rise to many, basal, cauline, linear-lanceolate, almost ditichous leaves that blooms on an erect, leafy, 6 to 12" [15 to 30 cm] long, terminal, many flowered, spicate inflorescence with fragrant flowers occuring in the late spring and mid summer.

Synonyms Gyrostachys aestivalis (Rich.) Dumort. 1827; Neottia aestivalis DC. 1805; Ophrys aestiva Balb 1801; *Ophrys aestivalis Poir. 1789

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 10 1981 Photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 40 2000; Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East Delforge 2005

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