Spiranthes graminea Lindl. 1840


Plant and Flowers in situ Arizona

Photos by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Web site

Fragrance LATE EARLY

Common Name The Grass-Like Spiralis

Flower Size .01" [.25 mm]

Found in Arizona, Mexico, Belize, Honduras and Nicaragua at elevations of sea level to 1500 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing growing terrestrial with long grasslike, basal leaves grading to bracts above, that are not present at flowering which is in the late winter and early spring on a terminal, erect, 10" [25 cm] long, glabrous, terete, enveloped by glabrous, acute sheaths, rachis 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with ovate, acuminate, longer tha the ovary floral bracts and carrying fragrant flowers

Synonyms Gyrostachys graminea (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Spiranthes graminea var. walteri A.Gray 1867

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 1 Ames 1905; The Native Orchids of the United States and Canada Luer 1975 drawing/photos fide; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1177 Hamer 1984 drawing ok; ORQUIDEA (Méx. ) 10 (1) ABRIL 1986 photo fide; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 drawing/photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Oaxaca Suarez 2004 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018