Spiranthes spiralis (NL: Herfstschroeforchis / EN: Autumn Lady’s-tresses / DE: Herbst-Drehwurz, Herbst-Wendelähre / FR: Spiranthe d’automne) is the latest-blooming native species of orchid, blooming in August and September. Finding it definitely concludes the orchid season.
The slender spikes of 3-21 small greenish-white flowers do not grab attention and can easily be missed from a walking height. They become much more obvious from a low vantage point. The spikes are arranged in a row up the stem. In most plants this is twisted so that the flowers form a spiral pattern, but in some the twist is so slight that the flowers simply form a line along one side of the spike. The spiral can either be clockwise or anti-clockwise (both forms can be seen in the image !) and is mostly twisted les than 360°, although in some plants it may be though tree full turns.
Image: Wijlre (NL) – 18/08/2012
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