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Nodding Ladies' Tresses
Spiranthes cernua

Nodding Ladies' Tresses (Spiranthes cernua) Other common names: Drooping Ladies' Tresses

Other scientific names: Gyrostachys cernua, Ibidium cernuum, Ophrys cernua

French names: Spiranthe penchée

Family: Orchid Family (Orchidaceae)

Group: Orchids, Ladies' Tresses

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

Flowers: Summer, Autumn;  White;  Irregular flowers;  First two weeks of September.

Leaves: Alternate, Simple, Entire

Habitat: Wet Areas

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 26    Peterson's Field Guide to Wildflowers: 18    ROM Field Guide to Wildflowers of Ontario: 101   

Native/Non-native: Native

Origin and Meaning of Names:
 Scientific Name: cernua: nodding

Photographs: 446 photographs available, of which 6 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Nodding Ladies' Tresses (Spiranthes cernua)

Nodding Ladies' Tresses (Spiranthes cernua)

Nodding Ladies' Tresses (Spiranthes cernua)

Closeup view of flowwer, with thumb for scale.

Nodding Ladies' Tresses (Spiranthes cernua)

Like most Ladies' Tresses, Nodding Ladies' Tresses are small plants.

Nodding Ladies' Tresses (Spiranthes cernua)

A view looking straight down on a nice raceme of Nodding Ladies' Tresses flowers. Note how they are more or less arranged in ranks of three.

Nodding Ladies' Tresses (Spiranthes cernua)

An unopened flower spike in late August.

Range map for Nodding Ladies' Tresses (Spiranthes cernua)

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)