Date Posted: Nov 25, 2016
Fragrant ladies'-tresses (Spiranthes odorata) is a semi-aquatic to aquatic perennial orchid. The genus Spiranthes comes from the Greek speira or “coil” and anthos or “flower.” It refers to the spiral arrangement of the inflorescence. The species epithet odorata comes from the Latin for “fragrant” or “perfumed” and refers to its delightful vanilla-like scent.
Fragrant ladies'-tresses can be found blooming now in swamps, wet pinelands and seepage slopes. Learn more about this lovely little orchid on our blog.
Photo by Mary Keim
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