(Linnaeus) Swartz var. brachypoda (Gray)
White Adder's Mouth
|Location||Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia|
Mixed Forest Region and adjacent Boreal Forest Region. Usually grows in partially to deeply shaded, moist to wet swamps and low-lying woods. Prefers calcareous swamps dominated by Eastern White Cedar, Black Ash, Balsam Fir, Black Spruce. Where the swamp floor is very wet, the plants grow in mounds around tree roots and on rotting logs.
|Flowering Season||Mid June to mid August.|
Height to 15 cm. Stem smooth, pale, green and glossy.
A small and inconspicuous plant, more noticeable after the light coloured seed capsules have formed. Widely distributed but not abundant. Has one of the tiniest blooms of all orchids. A large plant will stretch only the length of the hand.
Orchids of Ontario
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