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Spiranthes praecox (Walter) S. Watson. Grass-leaved Ladies'-tresses, Giant Ladies'-tresses. Phen: Mar-May (-Jun). Hab: Pine savannas, swamps, bogs. Dist: A Southeastern Coastal Plain endemic: NY (Long Island, ?), NJ (?), DE (?), MD (?), south to s. FL and west to TX. The more northern occurrences have been questioned as to identification.

ID notes:Plants in c. and s. FL often lack green veins on the lip.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Synonymy: = AqW, Ar, K4, Tx, Va, WH3, Brown (2002); < Ibidium praecox (Walter) House – S, S13; < Spiranthes praecox (Walter) S.Watson – C, ETx1, F, FNA26, G, GW1, K1, NcTx, RAB, Tat, W, Correll (1950), Luer (1975)

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FACW (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: OBL (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Great Plains: FACW (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Northcentral & Northeast: OBL (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)

Heliophily: 9

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