Amerorchis rotundifolia (Banks ex Pursh) Hultén  
Family: Orchidaceae
round-leaved orchid, round-leaved orchis
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R.K. Kupfer  
Etymology: Amerorchis: Amer- for "America," orchis Greek word for "testicle" since some species were said to have roots resembling testicles
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-10" tall forb with a single stem
Leaves: basal, single, oval, clasping, shiny, persisting when in flower
Flowers: white to purple, 6-parted, 1/2"- 3/4" wide, lip white with purple spots, 3-lobed and notched at the tip; inflorescence a few stalked flowers on a 4"-10" tall, spike-like cluster (raceme); blooms July-Aug.
Habitat: cold limy conifer swamps, fens
Conservation Status: Threatened
Amerorchis rotundifolia image
Scott A. Milburn  
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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Botanical Illustration  
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Amerorchis rotundifolia dot map
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