Bracted Rein-orchid

Bracted Rein-orchid, Habenaria viridis

Bracted Rein-orchid, photographer Martha Rasmussen

This intricate woodland orchid because of the greenish colored flowers, bracts and leaves, will many times go unnoticed blending into it's surroundings.  This is a common flower  to see growing in alpine marshes and the shores of alpine lakes often with Mountain Marsh Marigold  blooming from the end of May through August.  It grows 12 to 18 inches tall and as it ages many times will develop a green-bronze color.  A good place to view Bracted Rein-orchid is Tupso LakePeek-A-Boo Lake Trail and the Cumberland Pass and White Chuck Ridge scenic drives.