Green-lipped or Slender Lady's Tresses Orchid
Spiranthes lacera var. gracilis /Orchid Family
Height: 4" to 16"
August 12, 2005
This is a very lovely orchid, the tiny white flowers spiral around the stem. If you ever wondered what purpose sweat bees serve (other than stinging and irritating people on hot summer days), note the pollinating sweat bee on the flowers in the middle of the stem. So, they actually are good for something! See next photo for close-up of the tiny flowers.
Where seen:Oak Ridge Greenways, University of Tennessee Arboretum, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warrior's Path SP