There it is! Right in the center of the photo. A lone orchid standing in the open in the afternoon sun in the 90s F.
Looking down at it
View of the flowering part
Closer view of the top
Closer view of the mid-section. The flowers are in perfect shape.
Closer views of individual flowers.
Still closer. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in such beautiful condition. It’s one of those lucky ‘right place-right time’ things.
We found another patch of lady’s tresses beside another road in the refuge. The flowers were older but a Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) was working them.
Spiranthes lacera (Northern Slender Lady's Tresses, Southern Slender Ladies'-tresses) is native to the United States, where it’s found in eastern states from New England to Wisconsin and Nebraska and south to Texas. In Georgia, it’s found mainly in counties in north Georgia although it’s not been formally documented from Jones County.Click on an image to view a larger image
- Southeastern Flora: Spiranthes lacera (Northern Slender Lady's Tresses)
- Name that Plant: Native and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia: Spiranthes lacera var. gracilis (Southern Slender Ladies'-tresses)
- Missouri Plants: Spiranthes lacera- Connecticut Botanical Society, Connecticut Wildflowers: Slender Lady’s Tresses (Spiranthes lacera)
- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Spiranthes lacera (Northern Slender Lady's Tresses)
- University of North Carolina Herbarium: Spiranthes lacera var. gracilis
Bug Guide: Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)