Photographer: Merel R. Black
Galearis spectabilis (L.) Raf.
Galearis: "helmetlike," referring to the hood over the column
spectabilis: spectacular or showy
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 4"-8" tall forb with stout stems|
|Flower: ||6-parted, 3/4" - 1 1/8" long, petals and sepals pink to light purple, lip white with heavy spur about the same size as the lip; inflorescence a loose, terminal, spike-like cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers; blooms May-June|
|Leaf:||2, basal, fleshy, narrowly oval to widely elliptical, clasping|
|Habitat: ||moderate moisture; deciduous woods; in rich, sometimes limy soil|