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Spiranthes ochroleuca (Rydberg) Rydberg. Yellow Nodding Ladies'-tresses. Phen: Sep-Oct. Hab: Meadows and pastures at moderate to high elevations, up to at least 1500m in elevation. Dist: Largely northeastern, extending south in the mountains and Interior Low Plateau to w. NC, nw. SC, e. TN, and c. TN.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Taxonomy Comments: See Sheviak & Catling (1980) and Catling (1983a) for further information on this species.

Synonymy: = FNA26, K1, K3, K4, Mi, NE, NY, Pa, Tn, Va, W, Hough & Young (2021), Luer (1975), Pace & Cameron (2017); = Ibidium ochroleucum (Rydb.) House – S; = Spiranthes cernua (L.) Rich. var. ochroleuca (Rydb.) Ames – C, F, Correll (1950); < Ibidium cernuum (L.) House – S13; < Spiranthes cernua (L.) Rich. – RAB

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FACW (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Great Plains: FACW (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Midwest: FACW (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Northcentral & Northeast: FACW (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)

Heliophily: 8

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image of plant© Alan Cressler: Spiranthes ochroleuca, Mount Hardy Gap, Blue Ridge Parkway, Haywood County, North Carolina 1 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Michael Hough | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Michael Hough | Original Image ⭷
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image of plant© Gary P. Fleming | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Gary P. Fleming | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Cressler: Spiranthes ochroleuca, Blue Ridge Parkway, Transylvania County, North Carolina 1 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Gary P. Fleming | Original Image ⭷

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