Tipularia discolor /Orchid Family
The green and purple leaves of this summer-blooming orchid are gone by the time the flower stalk appears. The plant blooms in the woodlands, with the brown flowers, it is tricky to find (and photograph!). I was amazed to find this plant growing in a huge group of 22 plants in Oak Ridge! Usually the plants grow alone. The plants were blooming in late July.
Where seen: Oak Ridge Greenways, Big South Fork NRAA,
Frozen Head SP, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warrior's Path SP