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Cranefly Orchid
Tipularia discolor

A single leaf emerges in autumn; it generally stays through the winter, then withers by late spring. There are no leaves at the time the orchid blooms.

• Family: Orchid (Orchidaceae)
• Habitat: rich woods
• Height: 15 to 20 inches
• Flower size: 1/2 inch across
• Flower color: green and dark purple
• Flowering time: July to August
• Origin: native

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Tipularia discolor
Tipularia discolor
Leaves of cranefly orchid. The undersides are beet red.

Last updated November 13, 2005. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.