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AUTUMN LADY’S-TRESSES Spiranthes spiralis (Orchidaceae) Height to 15cm. Charming little orchid that is easy to overlook until you have got your eye in. Grows in short, dry grassland, both inland and on coastal turf and dunes. FLOWERS are pure white and both the petals and sepals are downy; borne in a distinct spiral up the grey-green stem (Aug-Sep). FRUITS are egg-shaped and downy. LEAVES appear as a basal rosette of oval leaves that wither long before the flower stem appears. STATUS-Locally common in S England, Wales and SW Ireland.
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