Orchids. Yes, you can buy them in the local stores, but to see them while hiking, growing wild is a unique experience. In tropical areas, they can grow on trees, and live as epiphytes growing from other plants. In temperate areas, they show themselves during warmer weather, and are called terrestrial orchids.
The gallery you see here shows a few native orchids that grow wild in the United States and Canada.
Ron Coleman, AZ Jim Fowler, SC Lorne Heshka, MB Hal Horwitz, VA
Bob Sprague, PA Bill Kress, CA