Aug. 2, 2017

green twayblade, Liparis loeselii

This small plant is a good example of the many small-flowered greenish orchids. They're nothing like their larger exotic kin. The flowers are about a quarter inch across. This is a common plant in our area, easy to find if you want to perk the interest of students or others on plant outings. That's exactly what happened with this one as I was helping students explore a new outdoor study area given to Adrian College. This orchid is also a frequent inhabitant of Great Lakes shores, where it will advance or retreat depending on water levels. Green twayblade grows in damp areas in AL, AR(T), CT, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY(T), MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH(T), NJ, NY(V), OH, PA, RI(T), SD, TN(E), VA, VT, WA(E), WI, WV, BC, MB, NB, NF, NS, NT, ON, PE, QC, and SK. It's also found in Eurasia.
Lenawee Co MI, 6/17/16.