Orchidaceae / Orchid
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The attractive but small and delicately colored flowers of this orchid are inconspicuous and must be viewed closely to appreciate their beauty. It seems to occur in a variety of soil conditions and may be much more common than thought due to the difficulty in spotting it. It is found in the mountains and the coastal plain but the counties in which it is known to exist are scattered.
Similar Species: There are perhaps three hundred species of Liparis world wide but
only a few in our area. The leaves may be very much alike but the flowers will not be confused with this species.
One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.
This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
Monocots / One Seed Leaf