Spiranthes odorata (Nutt.) Lindl. 1834 Photo by Wilford Neptune

Flower Closeup Photo by Eric Hunt


Common Name Fragrant Ladie's Tresses

This is a Southeastern American terrestrial species of woodlands, grassy alkaline marshes, and wet depressions in grasslands and flowers on an erect, terminal, to 3' [to 90 cm] long, many flowered, spicate inflorescence with strongly fragrant flowers occuring in the fall till spring.

Synonyms Coccineorchis cernua (Lindl.) Garay 1978; Gyrostachys odorata (Nutt.) Kuntze 1891; Gyrostachys triloba Sm 1898; Ibidium odoratum (Nutt.) House 1906; Ibidium trilobum Sm. 1913; *Neottia odorata Nutt. 1834; Spiranthes cernua [L.] L. C. Rich. var odorata [Nutth.] Correll 1940; Spiranthes triloba (Small) K.Schum. 1898; Triorchis odorata [Nutth.] Nieuwl. 1913; Triorchis triloba [Sm.] House 1920

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Native Orchids of Florida Luer 1972 as S cernua var odorata drawing/photos fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 1 1984 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 4 1985 photo; Schlechteriana Vol 4 No 4 1993 as Spiranthes cernua; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 7 2004 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 no 1 2008 photo