Aug. 8, 2020

hooded ladies'-tresses, Spiranthes romanzoffiana

Romanzoffiana? When Adelbert von Chamisso first described and named hooded ladies'-tresses in 1828, why did he bestow a mouthful like 'romanzoffiana' on it? It's a commercial! Our programs don't come to us without the sponsorship of the people behind all those commercials. Nor can botanists do their work without the resources of sponsors. So who paid for the round-the-world exploration on which Adelbert collected his specimens? Nikolai Rumiantzev, Count Romanzoff, of the Russian nobilty. Effective commercial! Here we are talking about it 192 years later. Hooded ladies'-tresses grew in Ives Fen Preserve in 1980. It now seems to have disappeared into a swarm of hybrids with nodding ladies'-tresses (S. cernua). Either way, it is delightfully fragrant. Hooded ladies'-tresses grow in AK, AZ(R), CA(where Chamisso found it), CO, CT, IA(T), ID, IL(E), IN(E), MA(E), ME, MI, MN, MT, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, NY(V), OH(T), OR, PA(E), SD, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY, all of Canada, and on SPM. It also makes the only Eurasian appearance by Spiranthes in Ireland. Jackson Co MI, 8/5/20. Orchid family, Orchidaceae.