Spiranthes porrifolia Lindl. 1840

Photo by Keir Morse and The Cal Photos Website


Photo by Dale Borders

Fragrance and

Common Name Leek-Leaved Spiranthes - in the USA The Western Ladies' Tresses

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in the western Pacific coast of America and Canada as a terrestrial at elevations around 1000 to 2000 meters in seepage slopes, along streams and in boggy ravines in mountains as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with 3 to 4, basal and on the lower portion of the stem, elliptic-lanceolate, grading to bracts above leaves that can be or not present at blooming which occurs in the spring and summer on an erect, to 20" [50 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence that is held way above the onion like leaves and has the fragrant flowers in a dense tight spiral.

Synonyms Gyrostachys porrifolia (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Ibidium porrifolium (Lindl.) Rydb. 1905; Orchiastrum porrifolium (Lindl.) Greene 1894; Spiranthes romanzoffiana var. porrifolia (Lindl.) Ames & Correll 1943

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 1 Ames 1905 drawing fide; The Native Orchids of the United States and Canada Luer 1975 drawing/photos fide; Wild Orchids of the Pacific Northwest and the Canadian Rockies PM Brown 2006 photo/drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #2 2010 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #2 2017 photo good;