Feb. 23, 2017

nodding ladies'-tresses, Spiranthes cernua

The ladies returned early to the gravel pit. Even though they're known as an early succession plant, it was a thrill to see them. You might not think of orchids as a plant of bulldozed ground. But their ability to thrive in low nutrient habitats actually makes them ideal for the role. There is now an extensive patch of these by the ponds. The flowers are about 3/8 inch long. This species grows in damp, open, low nutrient areas in AL, AR, CT, DE, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY(V), OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, NB, NS, ON, PE, and QC. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 8/28/15