Irish wildflowers

Photographs: Sherkin Island, Cork

Autumn Ladys-tresses
Spiranthes spiralis
Cúilín Muire
Family: Orchidaceae

Flowering time: August-September. Perennial. Native.

Scented white flowers with yellow-green lip in single spiral.
Basal rosette of oval blue-green leaves next to stem-base, not encircling.
Round stem with bract-like scales. Small, slender, erect plant. Height: 7-20cm.

Found on dry, nutrient-poor, calcareous grassland, dunes, cliff-tops.
Occasional to locally frequent, often coastal. S and W Ireland.

Similar: Irish Ladys-tresses, S. romanzoffiana

Above: Barley Cove, Co.Cork. August 2008

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