Amerorchis rotundifolia (Round-Leaved Orchid) - photos and description

Amerorchis rotundifolia

Amerorchis rotundifolia

Amerorchis rotundifolia

Amerorchis rotundifolia

Amerorchis rotundifolia

Amerorchis rotundifolia

Amerorchis rotundifolia
Patch of many plants

General: Small native orchid, the flowers with purple-red spots on white flowers are quite striking.

Flowers: Flowers in a short spike, an individual flower measured at 15 mm wide, and 10 mm long. Lateral petals form a hood on top of the flower.

Leaves: A solitary basal leaf, broadly elliptic, to 10 cm long.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 25 cm. I've measured plants to 22 cm tall.

Habitat: Moist to wet sphagnum moss in spruce woods.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photos were taken June 22nd and July 8th in the boreal forest, about 350 km north of our home in Regina, SK.