Galearis spectabilis (Showy Orchis)
|Also known as:||Showy Orchid|
|Habitat:||part shade, shade; rich woods|
|Bloom season:||May - June|
|Plant height:||3 to 9 inches|
|Wetland Indicator Status:||none|
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An erect raceme of 2 to 10 flowers, each ¾ to 1 inch long. Sepals and lateral petals form an arching purple to pink hood. The lower lip is white, broad with ruffled edges. An interesting club-shaped (clavate) spur is behind the flower.
Leaves and stem:
The leaves resemble those of some members of the Lily family, like Bluebead Lily (Clintonia borealis), but the flowers have no resemblance to any lily. This is one species I would want to come across more.
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Photos courtesy Peter M. Dziuk, taken in Richard T. Anderson Conservation Area, Hennepin County, and Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve, Scott County.
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