Spiranthes magnicamporum – Great Plains Lady’s Tresses

Great Plains Lady’s Tresses grows on our dry bluff prairies.  The plants have basil leaves which come out in early summer, but wither by the time flowering starts in early fall.  The flowers have a wonderful scent – it smells to me like Lily of the Valley, or vanilla.

10/2/2010

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9/20/2014  Detail of flowers

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9/10/2010

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9/9/2006  Detail of flowers

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9/9/2006  Just before the flowers start to open

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9/13/2004  Blooming in Corner View Prairie with Gray Goldenrod, Silky Aster, and Sumac