Mystery plant 076

This woodland plant is found in the eastern one-third portion of North America.  When you can identify it, leave a comment with the common and scientific names.  Also, share any personal connection you may have with this plant.


New growth in spring


Flower beginning to open


Plant in bloom


Closer view of flower and leaves


Closer view of central portion of flower


Leaves of plant which did not bloom


Green seed capsule


Dried stalk and seed capsule in winter


ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images): Large whorled pogonia (Isotria verticillata)

Also, read the blog post and watch the plant portrait video for Large whorled pogonia (Isotria verticillata).

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3 Responses to Mystery plant 076

  1. Evan says:

    Isotria verticillata, the large whorled pogonia. Not as rare as its congener, Isotria verticillata, but still fun to come across.

  2. Evan says:

    (Oops – meant to say its congener Isotria medeoloides)

  3. Angelyn says:

    Indeed, this is Large whorled pogonia (Isotria verticillata). I enjoy finding it and admiring its intricate flower when it blooms in the spring.

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