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by Brenda

Latest Update: February 4, 2016


Rosebud Orchid

One of my old hiking buddies asked me yesterday to make a list of the native orchids and rare or unusual wildflowers we have seen on our treks the last few years. Our hikes have been in WNC, and East Tennessee, including the Smoky Mountain area. Here’s what I came up with. I hope you enjoy and I hope you are out there seeing them also.

Native orchids:

Aplectrum hyemale (Puttyroot)

Cleistes divaricata (Spreading Pogonia)

Cleistesiopsis bifaria (Small SpreadingPogonia)

Coeloglossum viride (Long Bract Frog Orchid)

Corallorhiza odontorhiza (Autumn Coral Root)

Cypripedium acaule Pink Lady’s Slipper)

Cypripedium parviflorum var. parviflorum (Small Yellow Lady’s Slipper)

Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens (Large Yellow Lady’s Slipper )

Epipactis helleborine (Eastern helleborine)

Galearis spectabilis (Showy Orchis)

Goodyera pubescens (Downy Rattlesnake Plantain)

Goodyera repens (Lesser Rattlesnake Plantain)

Isotria verticillata (Large Whorled Pogonia)

Liparis liliifolia (Lily leafed Twayblade)

Liparis loeselii (Fen orchid)

Platanthera ciliaris (Yellow Fringed)

Platanthera clavellata (Small Green Woodland)

Platanthera grandiflora (Large Purple Fringed)

Platanthera lacera (Green Fringed)

Platanthera orbiculata (Large Round Leaved or Pad-Leaved)

Platanthera psycodes (Small Purple Fringe orchid)

Spiranthes cernua (Nodding Ladies’ Tresses)

Tipularia discolor (Cranefly)

Triphora trianthophora (Three Birds)

Wildflowers: American Columbine, Birdsfoot Violets, Long-spurred Violets, Blue Lobelia, Bluets, including the endangered Roan Mountain Bluets, Liatris, Indian Paintbrush, Meadow Rue, Indian Pipe, Angelica, Delphinium, Pickerel Weed, Turkeybeard, Gray's Lily, Turk’s Cap and Carolina and Trout Lily, Bee Balm and Wild Bergamot, Bleeding Heart, Celandine Poppy, Closed Gentian, Bottle Gentian, Ginseng, Skunk Cabbage, Shortia (Oconee Bells), Spreading Avens, Rose or Catesby’s Trillium (T. catesbaei), Vasey’s Trillium (T. vaseyi), Toad Trillium (T. cuneatum), Painted Trillium (T. undulatum), Sweet white (T. simile), Purple Trillium (T. erectum), Snow or Large-flowered Trillium (T. grandiflorum), Yellow Trillium (T. luteum), Nodding Trillium (T. rugelii)

Trees: Aspen, Halesia Carolina (Carolina Silverbell)

Shrubs: Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum), Pinkshell Azalea (Rhododendron vaseyi), Pinxter Flower Azalea (Rhododendron nudiflorum), Sweet Azalea (Rhododendron arborescens)


Flame Azalea


Gray's Lily


Pink Lady's Slipper