Spiranthes eatonii Ames ex P.M.Br.

Eaton's Ladies' Tresses

Facts About

There are no synonyms for this orchid.

Spiranthes eatonii, commonly known as Eaton's Ladies' Tresses, is distributed along the coastal plain throughout Florida west to eastern Texas, and north to Virginia. This species produces 3-6 narrow leaves in a basal rosette that wither quickly at time of flowering. The inflorescence has 10-35 white flowers arranged in a single rank spiral that bloom in late March through early May. S. eatonii is the only white-flowered, basal-leaved Spiranthes within its range to bloom at this time of year. This orchid grows in roadsides, cemeteries, dry pine flatwoods, sandy open meadows, and saw palmetto scrub areas.

Spiranthes eatonii is considered vulnerable throughout its range and imperiled in North Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi.


Pollinator information for this orchid has not been reported.

Ecosystem Type

Disturbed habitats, grassland, marshes, meadows, woodlands


Leaf arrangement:
Number of leaves on stem:
  • two
  • three
Form of the labellum:
the labellum is not pouch-like
Labellum outline:
the labellum is simple
Main color of labellum:
Nectar spur:
Inflorescence type:
the inflorescence is a spike
Labellum characteristics:
the labellum is simple
Labellum length:
3–5 mm
Sepal length:
3–4.5 mm
Plant height:
20–50 cm
Show All Characteristics

Native to North America


North American Conservation Status & Distribution

Conservation Status

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Conservation and Wetland Status
Global Rank Vulnerable
US Status N/A
Canadian Status N/A

North America Distribution

Adapted from USDA data