Spiranthes spiralis Orchidaceae Autumn Lady's Tresses

Spiranthes spiralis 17kb

Description - Our smallest Orchid, which only reaches c. 14cm and is often much shorter. The minute white flowers are arranged in a spiral around the stem, and are faintly scented. As it's name suggests it is only seen from late August to October.

Habitat - Found in short turf, such as lawns, churchyards etc. Like the other Orchids, it is very sensitive to artificial chemicals, so will not grow where these have been used.

Comments - Not common, but may be overlooked as it is very small. Also, it can be mowed before being noticed. It is often reported at a new site when some-one has neglected to mow their lawn for some reason and it pops up to their surprise!

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