Sep. 15, 2017

Great Plains ladies'-tresses, Spiranthes magnicamporum

This little orchid is one of the plants we saw on last weekend's Botany Club outing. It grows maybe a foot tall, with flowers hardly a quarter inch long. If you're willing to get down on your knees in the wet ground, you can enjoy its vanilla aroma. I usually avoid technical terms, but sometimes they're kind of fun in their density. Great Plains ladies'-tresses is part of the Spiranthes cernua "facultatively agamospermic polyploid compilospecies". This member of the group grows in AL, AR, GA(E), IA, IL, IN(E), KS, KY(T), LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, ND, NE, NM(E), OH, OK, PA(X), SD, TX, VA, WI, MB, and ON. Lenawee Co MI, 9/14/17.