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Crane-fly Orchid

Beaver Trail

Under the shade of a large beech tree, you may find small, woodland orchids called crane-fly orchids. In the early spring, green leaves with purple undersides can be found on the forest floor. The leaves fall off as the stem grows to about a foot tall, and then the flowers bloom in small, yellowish-brown clusters. Moths in the Noctuidae family pollinate these flowers.

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