Slender ladies'-tresses blooming
Late in August, the trail crew spied an unusal wildflower, slender ladies’-tresses (Spiranthes gracilis), blooming in the large meadow. Ladies’ tresses is a native wild orchid with white blossoms (with a green interior lip) in a spiral along a twisted green spike of about a foot long. When I checked today, the blossoms had withered but the basal leaves and spiral flower spike were still evident. Photo by Daniel Torres.