Family, Orchis. Color, greenish, tinged or spotted with purple. Flowers on a scape, with several small scales at base, nodding, on pedicels without bracts, making a terminal, loose raceme 5 to 10 inches long. Sepals and petals, long and narrow, the lip 3-lobed, not exceeding the: petals, prolonged backward into a thread-like spur twice as long as the flower. Leaf appearing in autumn, after the flower has perished, springing from a bulb, often living through the winter, longpetioled, broad, acute, plaited, tinged with purple underneath. July and August.
Bulbs connected by horizontal offsets. This singular orchid, with its insect-like form, is a rare and pleasurable find in the woods from Vermont to Michigan, and southward to Florida and Louisiana.