All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Cranefly Orchid leaves</strong> 
<em>Tipularia discolor</em> /Orchid<br>
These leaves are included in the "spring purple and green" section because at this time of year only the leaves are visible. The lower side of the leaf is a brilliant pu...
Cranefly Orchid leaves
Tipularia discolor /Orchid

These leaves are included in the "spring purple and green" section because at this time of year only the leaves are visible. The lower side of the leaf is a brilliant purple. The brown orchid flowers (see Summer: Woodland - Pink, Red, and Brown Flowers) resemble several craneflies on the stalk. The leaves are gone by the time the flowers appear in late summer. A close relative, Putty-root, has similar leaves, however the leaves are strongly ribbed with parallel white veins. These are common at Big South Fork in Campbell County.
Perennial
Where seen:Oak Ridge Greenways, Frozen Head SP, Big South Fork NRRA

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