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.
Where seen:Oak Ridge Greenways, Frozen Head SP, Big South Fork NRRA