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Autumn Lady's Tresses

Spiranthes spiralis

Please keep in mind that it is illegal to uproot a plant without the landowner's consent and care should be taken at all times not to damage wild plants. Wild plants should never be picked for pleasure and some plants are protected by law.
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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Asparagales
Family:
Orchidaceae (Orchid)
Type:
Flower
Maximum Size:
15 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Farmland, grassland, meadows.

Flower:
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White, 2 petals
 
A threatened species. Individual flowers of the plant are white (4 to 6mm) and spiral upwards along an erect stem, forming a flower spike. The centre of the flowers are green.
Fruit:
Oval-shaped fruit capsule, up to 7mm in length. The capsules contain several minute seeds.
Leaves:
Leaves form a basal rosette. They are pointed, oval and bluish-green. Some scale-like stem leaves are present.
Aroma:
Flowers are fragrant.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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