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Spiranthes odorata (Marsh ladies'-tresses)
Cressler, Alan

Spiranthes odorata

Spiranthes odorata (Nutt.) Lindl.

Marsh Ladies'-tresses, Fragrant Ladies'-tresses, Marsh Lady's Tresses

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Synonym(s): Spiranthes cernua var. odorata


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Southern marshes and swamps, Spiranthes odorata grows to 2-3 feet tall (60-90 cm) and has spirally arranged inflorescences of fragrant flowers.


From the Image Gallery

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec


USA: AL , AR , FL , GA , KY , LA , MD , MS , NC , NJ , OK , RI , SC , TN , VA

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Delaware Nature Society - Hockessin, DE
Longwood Gardens - Kennett Square, PA
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Additional resources

USDA: Find Spiranthes odorata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Spiranthes odorata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Spiranthes odorata


Record Modified: 2019-12-03
Research By: TWC Staff

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