Aplectrum hyemale - Banner
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Location: Searcy County, Arkansas
Month of Photograph: May & March*
Distribution Map: Aplectrum hyemale - Distribution Map Spacer
USDA, NRCS. 2012. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 16 January 2012). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA. Spacer Guests can be assured that there is established evidence that this plant has been found in all of the green filled counties of Arkansas. However, the white filled counties should not be interpreted as counties in which this plant does not grow. They should instead be interpreted as counties which lack officially sanction evidence of the plants presence there.

Family: Orchidaceae

Flower, frontal view

Aplectrum hyemale - Flower Frontal View "
Aplectrum hyemale -  Leaf Leaf

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*Unlike the rest of the world, the leaf of the putty root emerges from the ground in November and thrives through the winter months. In March the leaf disappears and in May a leafless stem springs out from the previous location of the leaf reaching a height of twelve to fifteen inches. Eventually seven to fifteen greenish/yellowish flowers lightly marked with purple (red-brown) begin to bloom.

In the dead of winter this single leaf seems strangely out of place among the dead, brown leaves of the winter forest. Because of that I took notice of the single stipped leaf, I happened to find one day. After a lengthy page by page search through my plant guides, I finally found the thing. With that information, I returned and marked the orchid's location. I watched the spot regularly after that. Then as advertised, about mid May there the little thing was - no leaf only a thin stem (scape) with a half dozen blooms. I was satisfied with my results.

Aplectrum hyemale - Inflorescence
Aplectrum hyemale - Whole Plant Whole Plant (but no leaf)