Ontario Wildflowers website

Wide-leaved Ladies' Tresses
Spiranthes lucida

Wide-leaved Ladies' Tresses (Spiranthes lucida) Other common names: Shining Ladies' Tresses, Shiny Ladies' Tresses

Other scientific names: Ibidium platagineum, Neottia lucida, Spiranthes latifolia

French names: Spiranthe brillante

Family: Orchid Family (Orchidaceae)

Group: Orchids, Ladies' Tresses

Distinctive features: Inside of flowers is yellow.

Similar species:
  •   Ladies' Tresses - Ladies' Tresses are notoriously difficult to tell apart.

Flowers: Summer;  White;  Irregular flowers

Habitat: Fields and Open Areas

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 26    Peterson's Field Guide to Wildflowers: 18   

Native/Non-native: Native

Origin and Meaning of Names:
 Scientific Name: lucida: shining

Photographs: 251 photographs available, of which 3 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Wide-leaved Ladies' Tresses (Spiranthes lucida)

The flowers are slightly drooping.

Wide-leaved Ladies' Tresses (Spiranthes lucida)

Wide-leaved Ladies' Tresses (Spiranthes lucida)

The inside of the flower is yellow. This is a distinctive feature of this species.

Range map for Wide-leaved Ladies' Tresses (Spiranthes lucida)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)