This is the orchid we were hunting for on the trip we found the rattlesnake. Liparis loeselii aka bog twayblade.
I had seen one plant the year before at the same location. It prefers sites in the Pine Barrens around ruins, needing the extra minerals. A small plant, all green, making it hard to discern amongst the surrounding plant community.
When we visited this year we found one plant in bloom.
And then another.
And ... (seven more times).
And seven plants which were not in bloom. For a total of eighteen plants. And I'm sure we missed some.
So either there was a bit of a population explosion this season. Or we missed some last year. I'm guessing miss. I wonder what else we're missing?