The Montana plant guides are sorely inadequate and incomplete. Perhaps someone at the plant society, although I wasn’t much impressed by their website. First though I need to look much closer at it (if I can find it again).
I thought about Prunella, but I haven’t seen them turn out like that (we have some in our yard). The stem may have been square but I don’t remember it being that way. I could not find leaves for it either.
I love the whazzit?! It looks so much like the artificial flowers my grandmother had – the petals were made from thin sheets of mica. Steve posted one earlier that had some of the same qualities, though it reminded me more of mayflies. I did a quick search but can’t find it – I’ll look later. Someone knows what it is, that’s for sure – and if they don’t, you’ll be famous!
I will go back there in about a week and investigate them a little more and maybe as the summer unfolds I can see what it does or if more of them will pop up. Sometimes I tend to give up on ID’s, but I don’t think I will do that on this one.
I looked at all the images I could find of the saprophytes that grow in this area because they have no chlorophyl, but I saw nothing with this kind of shape. I plan to visit that area every week or so for awhile anyway and I’ll do more investigating to see of more grow or if these turn hard and brittle or bear fruit or whatever they will do.
I am jealous of your twinflower. Years ago, I found some in our woods, but have NEVER been able to find them again, and it is not for lack of looking.
That second thing may have been planted by aliens. I sure hope someone identifies it.
As with a lot of wildflowers, I think your timing has to be right on to find them. Last summer I found a wealth of bitterroots and this year I searched the same location and found none, although it was only one week later than last year.
The ? looks like it has little places where the blooms have fallen off, so what we are seeing are probably brown bracts, not petals. But as to what it is? Not a clue. Though I did like some of the guesses. Keep us posted, Montucky.