Broad-leaved Twayblade - Listera convallarioides
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Broad-lipped twayblade is only 5-10 inches tall with two, opposite, elliptic to nearly round, green leaves that are perpendicular to the stem. The stem above the leaves is whitish glandular hairy with up to 20 flowers that have a small lance-shaped leaf at the base of each flower stalk. This small green sepals and petals bend back from the dominant lip that is about 3/4" long, light green with a darker green center, narrow at the base and wide at the tip. Two shallow lobes at the tip make the lip resemble the folded wings of an insect. Sometimes there is a small tooth between the lobes. Reproduction by runners sometimes produces large colonies of plants.
AK to NL south to CA, UT, CO, MI, NY; Asia (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).
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- Hawkins, P.H. 1903. The alpine flora of Montana. M.Sc. Thesis, Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 24 pp.
- Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.