Spiranthes ovalis var. erostellata
Small plant in the Orchid family with a slender stalk, 2 basal leaves, and a short spire of white flowers. Spiranthes ovalis is considered a rare orchid in the Southeastern US, and is considered IMPERILED (S2S3) here in Georgia. Its growing preferences include dappled shade, moist but well-drained loam or clay-loam, and the presence of specific mycorrhizal fungi.
Located near ferns in a dense mixed hardwood forest.
''Spiranthes ovalis'', commonly called the October lady's tresses, is a species of orchid that is native to eastern North America.
Its range is widely distributed, being found from Texas to Florida, north to the Great Lakes. However, it is uncommon throughout most of its range, which has resulted in a patchy known distribution. Its natural habitat is in wet to mesic forests and woodlands.
It produces delicate white flowers in the fall. It can be distinguished from other ''Spiranthes''.. more