A Lady in the Desert

On this island were these plants with tall green stems and little white flowers that spiraled around the top of the stem like a staircase. I had seen this plant before, in my wildflower identification book and later confirmed that it was called “Lacelip Lady Tresses”.
What was especially interesting about this particular plant and the fact that I found it in an otherwise unassuming parking lot is that it is considered rare in South Carolina. In fact, in my identification book, it is considered a State Endangered species.

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