What was a surprise to find was the small yet stately Listera australis or southern twayblade! In three visits to Turkey Creek, this was the first time I had found the uncommon orchid. Listera finds its home in low, swampy woods in eastern North Carolina. The orchid starts to bloom while temperatures are still chilly. Its tiny reddish brown flowers blend into the background of the shady forest thus it is easily overlooked. By May the entire plant has bloomed, set seed and disappeared until next spring.
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