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Putty Root - closeup | by NC Orchid
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Putty Root - closeup

I found several of this native orchid species (Aplectrum hymale) blooming in the local woods this past week. It is fairly common in the Piedmont area of NC. When you get a close view of the flower you can see its nice lip. Here is a shot of the flower head ( It has a deciduous leaf that is present during the fall and winter that dies off when the flower spike comes in the spring. Here is a shot of the winter leaves (

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Uploaded on May 14, 2007