Adam-and-Eve
or
Puttyroot

By William T. Hathaway

Adam-and-Eve or Puttyroot (Aplectrum hyemale)

What a revelation it was when I discovered the name of the conspicuous evergreen leaf occasionally seen spreading flat on the forest floor. What's more, this greenish leaf with its striations was a wintertime treat to those of us who take pleasure in knowing our local wildflowers. In the following days of early summer a stem appears, arising from the base of the reclining leaf — a stem topped with a cluster of delicately beautiful floral beauties.

This orchid is somewhat rare, since it prefers rich woodland slopes that have been undisturbed by timber activities or munching cattle.


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