Photographer: R.K. Kupfer
Triphora trianthophora (Sw.) Rydb. subsp. trianthophora
nodding pogonia, three-birds orchid
Triphora: Greek for "bearing 3 flowers"
trianthophora: tri for 3; anthos for "flower;" phoros for "bring, or to carry- bearing"
|Status: ||Special Concern|
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 4"-12" tall forb; stems usually purple|
|Flower: ||pink to white, 6-parted, 1/2"-3/4" long, nodding at first, lip 3-lobed with 3 green ridges; inflorescence a few flowers from the axils of the leaves; blooms Aug.-Sept.|
|Leaf:||several, alternate, stalkless, oval|
|Habitat: ||moderate moisture to moist; usually in sugar maple forests; in rich soil, often on rotten logs|