Monday, August 12, 2013

Crane-fly Orchid (Tipularia discolor)

I very understated, diminutive, North American orchid that would be barely noticed walking by it.  During the winter months the plant has one basil leaf that is purple on the underside with the top side looking crinkled.  The basil leaf disappears during the spring months and will not re-emerge until winter.

The entire bloom is no bigger than you thumbnail.

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