Ohhh … This Orchid Sounds Exotic and Dangerous. The common name of this plant, which is also a California Native by the way, is Stream Orchid … not quite as mysterious as its Latin counterpart. It goes dormant at the first sign of a drought and usually reappears in February. I saw a patch of them last month at The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden when I turned around from this vista.
This Orchid spreads by rhizomes and apparently at a slow rate.
The fact that the foliage is purple and the flowers a contrasting yellow/orange make it quite striking indeed.
This sign tells you a little more about it along with how it attracts pollinators.
One last look at its flowers close up.