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Spiranthes torta (Thunb.) Garay & H.R. Sweet
Southern lady’s-tresses

Spiranthes torta
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Family: Orchidaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Bermuda, South Florida, the West Indies and Central America.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

NatureServe Global Status: Secure

State of Florida Status: Endangered

Florida Natural Areas Inventory State Status: Critically Imperiled

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Critically Imperiled

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

Comments: See also, IRC’s report Vascular plant species of management concern in Everglades National Park (Gann 2015), page 99.

Other data on Spiranthes torta available from :

Spiranthes torta has been found in the following 7 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Big Cypress National Preserve Present Native
Camp Owaissa Bauer Presumed Extirpated Presumed Extirpated
Dupuis Reserve Reported
Everglades National Park Present Native
Larry and Penny Thompson Park Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated
Luis Martinez United States Army Reserve Station, Richmond Pine Rocklands Present Native
National Key Deer Refuge Present Native

Spiranthes torta has been found in the following 7 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Broward County Presumed Extirpated Presumed Extirpated
Charlotte County Presumed Extirpated Presumed Extirpated
Collier County Native
Miami-Dade County Native
Monroe County (Keys) Native
Monroe County (Mainland) Native
Palm Beach County Presumed Extirpated Presumed Extirpated

Spiranthes torta has been found in the following 3 habitats :
Basin Marsh
Marl Prairie
Pine Rockland

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Spiranthes torta
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer
Spiranthes torta
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley
Spiranthes torta
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley
Spiranthes torta
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley