Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Shining Ladies'-tresses
Spiranthes lucida
Family: Orchidaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  T
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S2S3

Bottomland hardwood forests and other wet forests as well as wet grassy openings.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Mid May to mid July.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Ladies-tresses orchids have flowers spirally arranged in a spike along the peduncle. In S. lucida this spike is tightly spiraled and the flowers appear to be in three lines along the inflorescence (3-ranked). The flower lip is birght yellow in center and is 5-6 mm long. The flowers appear in late spring/early summer. Basal leaves are generally oblanceolate and up to 15 cm long and 1.5 cm wide.

Changes in moisture/hydrologic conditions could be detrimental to this species. Changes could result from tree removal, stream/wetland alteration or other impacts.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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