Spiranthes tuberosa Raf. - Little Ladies Tresses
Family - Orchidaceae
Flowering - May - September.
Habitat - Dry flatwoods, sandhills, scrub, pine-hardwood slopes.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This little species can be found in scattered counties throughout Alabama. The plant can be identified by its tuberous root, lack of leaves at anthesis, and tiny white flowers. The flowers are in a single spiral on the inflorescence. The root is typically single but can rarely be paired if the previous-season's root is persistent.
Photographs taken at Fort Benning, AL., 6-28-05.