Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants


 
Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission





Sweetscent Ladies'-tresses
Spiranthes odorata
Family: Orchidaceae

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

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S1

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Habitat:
Swamps and marshes (Weakley 1998); in KY, open herbaceous edge of swamp and a wet pasture but also known from swamps.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Phenology:
Flowering Period: Early September to late November.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
The leaves of this ladies'-tresses are present at the time of flowering, which is in the fall. The flower has a strong vanilla scent. Also, the lateral sepals (appearing as two forward pointing petals on the sides of the flower) do not rise above the upper petal tips.

Management:
Avoid changes in moisture/hydrologic conditions at the site. Changes could result from overstory removal, stream/wetland alteration or vegetation removal that would result in increased erosion.

Global Range:
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Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
Email:
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