Lily-leaved Twayblade

By William T. Hathaway

Lily-leaved Twayblade (Liparis lilifolia)

In May-July this attractive orchid, with its mosquito-like floral shapes, rewards your curiosity. The delicate flowers, clinging to upright scapes, portray this orchid as a distinctive species and not likely to be confused with other members of the orchid family.

Its preference for moist forest slopes and stream banks rings true in the several sites that I have observed. However, this particular Lily-leaved Twayblade photo depicts a healthy survivor in a red clay drainage ditch within a mixed pine/hardwood, third-growth woodland area.


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