Creeping lady's tresses has a very sweet smell. It doesn't look as much like an orchid as most other Dutch species. It has relatively small flowers spread along the upper part of the stem. It was first found in the Netherlands in 1880 and on a few of the Wadden Islands in 1952. The Dutch name 'pine orchid' is related to where it grows best: in pine forests. However, it only appears 60 to 80 years after the forest has been planted, which is approximately ten years before a production forest is felled. This is one of the reasons creeping lady's tresses is endangered.