Be very careful photographing this tiny plant - it breaks easily. If you carefully pull away surrounding vegetation to photograph it please be sure to put it carefully back in place afterwards.
Origin and Meaning of Names:
Scientific Name: unifolia: one-leaved
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Green Adder's Mouth is a very small Orchid that grows on sphagnum hummocks in bogs.
A close view of the ultra-tiny green flowers.
Another view of a whole plant. This one is about 2" tall!
Notice how twisted up all the flowers stalks are. This is because, like many Orchids, the flowers of Green Adder's Mouth start in a position upside down from that of when they are fully open. As they open they gradually twist around.
An extreme closeup of the flowers. These flowers are so small that I would imagine that the only insects small enough to fertilize them would be gnats.
Another entire Green Adder's Mouth plant.
Here's a Green Adder's Mouth with some fingers to give a sense of scale.
Ok, let's play "find the Green Adder's Mouth"!
In this and the next two photos the plant is in the center of the photo. It's the same plant in all three photos.
This one is fairly easy.
In this photo the Green Adder's Mouth is just above the dark patch in the lower center of the photo.
It's still there, just above that dark patch!
This should give you an idea of just how hard it is to spot these Orchids! Perhaps they are not so rare as people think, it's just that they're hard to spot!