On the stairs connecting the stream side trail with the ok hickory trail. The second photo is of the seed pod from last summers bloom.
Just off the path on the Piedmont Nature Trails.
Cabin Branch Pyrite Mine trail, Prince William Forest Park, Prince William County, VA 24 February 2013
Underside of leaf green, not purple, in this group.
2-3 cm leaf growing in moss substrate.
The Crane-fly Orchid (Tipularia discolor) is a perennial terrestrial woodland orchid, a member of the Orchidaceae. It is the only species of the genus Tipularia found in North America. This orchid grows a single leaf in September that disappears in the spring. The leaf is green with dark purple spots. The orchid blooms in mid-July to late August. The roots are a connected series of corms. Its roots are edible. They are starchy and almost potato-like.