Found along a
Forest Service road, this single plant lit up its
corner of the world.
Orchid Family (Orchidaceae)
A 1 - 2 foot spike that ends in a large
cluster (2 - 6" long) of showy deep orange to
bright yellow flowers. Each flower has a long spur
and a delicate, drooping fringed lip petal on the
bottom. The leaves are largest at the base,
lanceolate and sheathing the stem, about 3 - 10"
long and are progressively shorter higher up the
July to September
An infrequent plant that sometimes
appears singly in peaty or wet, sandy woods and the
margins of thickets. Also, dry meadows and slopes.