Spiranthes ochroleuca (Rydb.) Rydb. 1932 Photo by Carl Luer

Plant in situ

Inflorescence Photos by Jim Fowler and his P-Base Orchid North American Orchid Website


Common Name or Meaning The Ochre-Yellow Spiranthes - The Yellow Ladies Tresses

Flower Size .3 to 1/2" [.7 to 1.2 cm]

Found in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticutt, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennesee, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Costa Rica? in dry t osomewhat moist meadows, ledges, barrens, slightly wooded areas and grassy roadsides as a miniature to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with 3 to 5, basal, linear-lanceolate, ascending to spreading leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, erect, racemose, 10 to 50 flowered inflorescence with 3 to 5 fragrant flowers held in tight whorls.

Synonyms *Gyrostachys ochroleuca Rydb. 1901; Ibidium cernuum var. ochroleucum (Rydb.) House 1923; Ibidium ochroleucum (Rydb.) House 1905; Spiranthes ochroleuca f. foliobracteata P.M.Br. 2007; Spiranthes steigeri Correll 1941; Triorchis cernua var. ochroleuca (Rydb.) Farw. 1925; Triorchis ochroleuca (Rydb.) Nieuwl. 1913

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Native Orchids of the United States and Canada Luer 1975 drawing/photos fide; The Native Orchids of the United States and Canada Luer 1975 as S x steigeri drawing/photos fide; Schlechteriana Vol 4 No 4 1993; Wild Orchids of the SE USA P M Brown 2004