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Keywords: Aplectrum hyemale, puttyroot, Adam-and-Eve orchid, mesic woods, phenology
Puttyroot orchid, Aplectrum hyemale, is a winter perennial that is found throughout the eastern deciduous forest in mesic woods in much humus (Homoya 2012).
The plant received the common name of puttyroot from the mucilaginous substances in the corms that Native Americans and pioneers used as a paste to mend broken pottery (Correll 1950; Whiting & Catling 1986).