Spiranthes ovalis – October Ladies’-tresses

I’ve only found one plant of this species.   It’s growing in our largest mesic remnant – the Knife Edge Prairie.  It’s a small, delicate plant – smaller flowered, thinner stemmed and more delicate than Spiranthes magnicamporum.  Wisconsin DNR considers it a plant of ‘special concern’.  This record is the farthest north it’s been found in Wisconsin – the other records are in the southern two tiers of counties.

 

 

 

 

 

9/30/2019  Showing the size of the flowers – 5mm