Spiranthes Ladies Tresse & Fairy Slipper

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Spiranthes Ladies Tresse & Fairy Slipper

Postby SandyLee » Fri Sep 19, 2014 11:56 am

...Per Dale!

Spiranthes casei, or Case's Ladies Tresse, displays good sized cream colored flowers spiraling up a spike up to 16" tall. Found in dry to moderately moist sandy soil. Pictured here from Mackinac Co., note the dorsal and lateral sepals directed forward.
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Spiranthes cernua, or Nodding Ladies Tresse, is perhaps the most common of the Spiranthes occurring in large numbers where found. Damp meadows, roadside ditches, beaches. Avoids clay soils. Pictured from Presque Isle Co. A pure white crystalline flower, 4" - 20" tall.
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An early spring orchid, Calypso bulbosa is a favorite of every wildflower photographer. Also called the Fairy Slipper this orchid is found in cool soils along with balsam and cedar. THREATENED. Photo from Emmet Co. 2 1/2" - 16" tall.
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Re: Spiranthes Ladies Tresse & Fairy Slipper

Postby MikeW » Fri Sep 19, 2014 4:23 pm

Beautiful shots Dale! Thanks for the education too.
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Re: Spiranthes Ladies Tresse & Fairy Slipper

Postby Dale » Mon Sep 22, 2014 9:49 am

Mike, thank you for your comments. We are glad that you are enjoying
the photographs and information. These are very special wildflowers
and need to be enjoyed and protected by all of us.

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