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|flower in April--orchids have amazing flowers!! In this flower you can see three sepals (forming a kind of a cross) and three petals (two on the top that are similar, and one on the bottom which is called a lip or labellum). This structure is typical of orchids.
|flowers from the side
|another flower, showing the ovary (the long curved structure that looks like a pedicel)--is this ovary superior or inferior?
|flower closeup--the green and yellow structure in the middle is called the column, and it is formed from a fusion of style, stigma, and stamens.
|another view of the column--the yellow structure in the column is one of the two pollinia, or pollen sacs
|habit--Epipactis gigantea, like most orchids, is an herbaceous perennial. This particular species is a terrestrial orchid, rather than an epiphytic one. It grows near streams and creeks.
|leaf--orchids are monocots!
|leaf underside, showing parallel venation