Liparis liliifolia
Lily-leaved twayblade

Liparis liliifolia
Liparis liliifolia
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Liparis liliifolia
Common name: Lily-leaved twayblade
Group: monocot
Family: Orchidaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 4-12"
Foliage: two large basal leaves, parallel veined
Flower: pale mauve-purple and greenish to madder-purple, 1/2" long; pedicels as long as the flowers.Sepals oblong-lanceolate but are usually tightly rolled inward and longitudinally, thus appearing thread-like
Flowering time: Late May to late June
Habitat: loamy or sandy woods and clearings
Range in New Jersey: northern counties, more rare southward in the Middle district.
Heritage ranking, if any: S3 - S4
Misc. USDA lists as facultative uplands; Usually occurs in non-wetlands (estimated probability 67%-99%), but occasionally found on wetlands (estimated probability 1%-33%).

Pair of basal leaves, elliptical or narrowly ovate, green, lustrous
Liparis from Greek liparos, fat or shining, from the smooth and lustrous leaves. Species name lilifolia meaning "with leaves of Lilia"