Spiranthes cernua

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Nodding lady's tresses
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Spiranthes cernua flower
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Genus: Spiranthes
Species: S. cernua
Binomial name
Spiranthes cernua
(L.) Rich.

Spiranthes cernua, commonly called the nodding lady's tresses,[1] is a species of orchid occurring from Eastern Canada to the central and eastern United States.

A commonly cultivated variety is Spiranthes cernua var. odorata 'Chadds Ford', grown because of its larger flowers, ease of cultivation, and other merits.[2]

As the common name suggests cernua means "falling over," or "bowed" in Latin.


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