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Puttyroot Orchid, Adam and Eve - Aplectrum hyemale


Family: Orchidaceae Orchid family Genus Common Name: Adam and Eve Native Status: Native
Aplectrum hyemale - Puttyroot Orchid, Adam and Eve. This orchid is easy to miss due to its small flowers which may blend into the background, and the fact that its leaves have withered by the time it blooms.

Connecticut: Special Concern
Massachusetts: Endangered
New Jersey: Endangered
New York: Endangered
Pennsylvania: Rare
Vermont: Threatened

Distribution of Aplectrum hyemale in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2009. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 01 Sep 2014). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

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Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2010-May-06Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
This blossom is perhaps an inch across from sepal-tip to sepal-tip. The blossoms are in a terminal raceme on a solitary, unleaved stalk (scape.)
Aplectrum hyemale

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2010-May-06Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
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Aplectrum hyemale

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2010-May-06Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
The blossoms of Aplectrum hyemale are in a loose terminal raceme atop a long leafless stalk up to 2 feet tall.
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Aplectrum hyemale

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2010-May-06Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
Everybody gets to enjoy a little orchid ...
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Aplectrum hyemale

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2010-March-27Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
The leaf of Puttyroot has distinct silver lengthwise veins. The leaf emerges in the fall, and by spring will have started to wither.
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Aplectrum hyemale

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2010-May-06Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
This is what the leaf of Aplectrum hyemale will look like when the flower starts blooming in May or June.
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Aplectrum hyemale

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2011-March-05Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
The seedpod of Aplectrum hyemale is a capsule protecting the seeds.
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Aplectrum hyemale

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All content except USDA Plants Database map Copyright Gerald C. Williamson 2014
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