Etymology: Triphora: Greek for "bearing 3 flowers"
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-12" tall forb; stems usually purple
Leaves: several, alternate, stalkless, oval
Flowers: pink to white, 6-parted, 1/2"-3/4" long, nodding at first, lip 3-lobed with 3 green ridges; inflorescence a few flowers from the axils of the leaves; blooms Aug.-Sept.
Habitat: moderate moisture to moist; usually in sugar maple forests; in rich soil, often on rotten logs
Conservation Status: Special Concern
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 10, Wetland Indicator = FACU- WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Savannah Springs: Report of new site for this species with descriptions and many photographs