(Banks ex Pursh) Lindley
[Habenaria obtusata] (Pursh) Richards
Blunt Leaf Orchid, Blunt Leaf Rein Orchid, One Leaf Rein Orchid
|Location||Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories.|
A transcontinental orchid of the Montane, Boreal, and Mixed Forest Regions, as well as the tundra. Often associated with 'cold bottom' conditions, and calcareous bedrock: found under evergreens of cool mossy bogs and moist woods; in the north, found on drier sites.
|Flowering Season||Mid June to early August farther north.|
Height to 20 cm. Stem smooth, rarely has a bract.
Easily identified by the single, broadly blunted leaf, and by relatively small green and white flowers with short, tapering spurs. Seldom grows much taller than an unsharpened pencil; thus is obscured by higher growing vegetation, but more easily identified in shaded conifer woods where companion plants are low and trailing.
Orchids of Ontario
© Royal Botanical Gardens, Dr. Donald Gunn Image Collection.