Liparis loeselii is a perennial, monocot herb 4-25 cm tall
Leaves basal, two, elliptic to lance-shaped, folded slightly along midrib, blade 5-15 cm long, 2-5 cm wide.
Flowers greenish-yellow, bilaterally symmetrical, sepals yellow-green 0.5-0.6 cm long, petals 0.5 cm long, lip 0.5 cm, flowers on stalks (pedicels) 0.3-0.5 cm long; inflorescence a loose raceme of 2-12 flowers; blooming June-July
Fruit a dry capsule, seeds minute, powder-like. All orchids need to associate with a particular fungus (often a pathogen) in order to grow.
Wetland Status: FACW
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.
Habitat: Wet woods
Note: Like all wild orchids, Liparis loeselii cannot be transplanted as it will not live. Listed as Exploitably Vulnerable in NYS.