I was pretty sure what I stumbled upon was a Pink Lady's Slipper orchid.....even though (as you can see) it had not yet bloomed. So the other day I went back on my own (in the light rain) to see if it had opened and lo and behold:
The last time I saw one of these was on a camping trip in Pennsylvania. At the time I didn't know WHAT this strange thing was, but to me it looked more like this:
And as a result, I used to call it a "pussy plant" for the longest time.
It is kind of neat though that these are technically "orchids". (For more on them click here.)
They are not actually endangered, but they are rare enough to be of some concern so if you do see one and are tempted to dig it up......DON'T! They have less than a 5% chance of surviving being transplanted. Instead......just enjoy them in the wild.....IF you can manage to find one!