A close-up of the top spirals of greenvein ladiestresses flowers against a soft green background.
This image has been featured in the following groups: Beautiful Flowers 1 Image Per Week (12/26/21), Flower Mania (10/30/21) & For the Love of Flowers (11/1/21)
Greenvein ladiestresses is also called giant ladie's-tresses and is a common terrestrial orchid of wet flatwoods, open wet disturbed sites and marshes. The range extends throughout much of the southeastern Unites States, west into Texas, Okalahoma and Missouri, north into Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey. Not known to occur in Tennessee. The appressed sepals are distinctive for this species, held tight against the corolla to form a tubular-shaped flower. The corolla is white, 6-9mm (1/4 - 3/8 in.) long and sometimes with green or pale yellow veins. The lower lip has a delicate undulate margin. Ten to 40 flowers are arranged in a spiral that may be dense or loose. Plants are 20-75cm (8 - 30 in.) tall with two to five basal grass-like leaves up to 20cm (8 in.)long and less than 1 cm (4/10 in.) wide. The cauline leaves are mostly clasping and reduced upwards on the stem. (Subject description from the artist's Wild Florida Photo website www.wildflphoto.com)
October 28th, 2021
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