Pink lady's slipper orchids are identifiable as soon as they emerge. The leaves poke up tightly furled and fuzzy, with veins running parallel up their length.
Isn't it gorgeous? This plant is a huge part of the reason I got interested in botany. A friend pointed out the leaves on a hike and told me it was an orchid native to New England. My mind was blown. I had always thought of orchids as something exotic and tropical. I had no idea they grew here. I had to know more, and it all snowballed from there.
In fact, there are around 50 species of orchid in New England. One of my goals is to eventually find them all. I have seen 17 so far, including 1 hybrid. There is so much to learn!