Family, Orchis. Color, white. Leaves, the lower ones lance-shaped, quite long; the upper, bract-like. July.

White fringed orchis (Habenaria blephariglottis)

White fringed orchis (Habenaria blephariglottis)

A beautiful milk-white orchid. The lip is variously cut and fringed, giving the whole spike of flowers a soft, lacelike appearance. The stem, smooth, with bracts rather than leaves above the middle, grows from 12 to 15 inches tall. The pure color of the heads of flowers makes them at once conspicuous in the swamps, cranberry marshes, etc., where they grow, often in great profusion. (See illustration, P. 51.)

H. dilatata. - This species has white, delicate flowers in a ' raceme. Lip, narrow and pointed, not fringed, hanging over a spur nearly as long. Leaves, on the stem, long, narrow. Stem, 1 to 2 feet high. May to August.

Wet woods and swamps, northward, as far south as New Jersey.