Spiranthes longilabris Lindl. 1840

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Common Name The Long-Lipped Spiranthes - The Long-Lipped Ladies Tresses

Flower Size .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm]

Found in southeastern USA to eastern Texas on moist grassy roadsides and pine flatwoods as a small to medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with an erect, sparsely pubescent stem with club-shaped hairs carrying 3 to 5, linear-lanceolate leaves that usually are withered at flowering and blooms in the fall on an erect, 8 to 20" [20 to 50 cm] long, 10 to 30 flowered inflorescence with the fragrant flowers held in a tight single rank towards the apex all in a descending spiral. long,

Synonyms Gyrostachys brevifolia (Chapm.) Kuntze 1891; Gyrostachys longilabris (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Ibidium longilabre (Lindl.) House 1906; Spiranthes brevifolia Chapm. 1860; Triorchis longilabris (Lindl.) House 1920

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 1 Ames 1905; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Fascile 2 Ames 1908 drawing fide; The Native Orchids of Florida Luer 1972 drawing/photos fide; The Wild Orchids of Florida Brown 2002