Malaxis monophyllos  
Family: Orchidaceae
North American white adder's-mouth, white adder's-mouth
Malaxis monophyllos image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Etymology: Malaxis: from the Greek for "soft" from the texture of the leaves
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-10" tall forb; stems naked between leaves and inflorescence
Leaves: one above the base of the stem, clasping with sheath going to the base of the stem
Flowers: greenish to white, 6-parted, 1/8"-1/5" wide, not upside down; lip not bearded, narrowly pointed, not split; inflorescence very narrow, spike-like cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers
Habitat: damp; woods, bogs, calcareous swamps
Conservation Status: Native
Malaxis monophyllos image
Malaxis monophyllos image
R.K. Kupfer  
Malaxis monophyllos image
R.K. Kupfer  
Malaxis monophyllos image
Kurt Stüber