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Adam and Eve Orchid (Leaf)

Adam and Eve orchids have leaves from September all the way through winter. There's a good chance you've noticed this orchid on your winter hikes and wondered about its strange appearance: a green-and-white-striped, pleated leaf lying flat upon the dead leaves on the forest floor. Check back in May to see its flowers!

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Adam and Eve Orchid (Putty Root)

Aplectrum hyemale
There's a good chance you've noticed this orchid on your winter hikes and wondered about its strange appearance: a green-and-white-striped, pleated leaf lying flat upon the dead leaves on the forest floor. Check back in May to see its flowers!

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Adam and Eve Orchid (Putty Root) (Flowers)

Flowers arise on a bare stem and are light to dark brown and about ½ inch long. They are sometimes slightly purple toward the base of the 3 sepals and petals. The lip is small, white, with 3 lobes and magenta markings. The leaves of this orchid wither away by flowering time in May and June.

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Almost Last But Not Least

Late-blooming downy gentian is worth the wait!

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American Germander

Like most other mints, American germander has square stems, opposite leaves, and two-lobed flowers. The unusual configuration of the corolla lobes is the key identifying characteristic.

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American Germander (Flowers)

American germander flowers are lavender or pink and densely spaced. The corolla has an unusual configuration; it seems to have no upper lip, since those 2 lobes are pointed upward like horns, while the lower lip is much larger and more complicated, with 2 rounded side lobes and a large, cupped, bottom lobe; 4 stamens protrude noticeably, with reddish-brown anthers.

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American Germander (Plants)

American germander is a colony-forming perennial with a 4-sided, hairy stem that is rarely branched. It occurs statewide in fields, prairies, low woods, streamsides, roadsides, railroads, and other disturbed sites, usually in moist soil.

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Asters Make Easy Fall Color

As I was heading into our director’s meeting with staff in St. Louis and Cape Girardeau, the blooms of aromatic aster greeted us along the way.

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This patch of bigflower coreopsis (Coreopsis grandiflora) thrives on the Conservation Department's Niawathe Prairie near Lockwood in southwestern Missouri.

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