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Cranefly Orchid

Tipularia discolor


Cluster of plants of cranefly orchid. Each plant puts out a single leaf to absorb sunlight during winter. Leaves have two or three longitudinal ‘ribs’ and often have ‘dimples’ with dark marks. Undersides of leaves are purple.


Growing in leaf litter in predominantly hardwood forest.


Leaves will die off in late spring/early summer. Plants will flower in July-August. This orchid is found at many locations in this park.

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Winder, Georgia, USA

Spotted on Mar 2, 2017
Submitted on Mar 14, 2017

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