I'm taking a botanical art class that requires that I go out into my yard to see what's starting to look interesting to document. Well, I hit the motherload.
At the edge of the woods in the front yard, where it would exist mostly in the shade, I found a small bush. It's only about 4' high and not very big around, with just about a dozen sticks converging into the earth, not sharing a common base above ground. It's so easy to overlook because the leaf pods were only about 1" high. The one that opened is only about 1.5" across from slender leaf tip to tip.
I cannot figure out what this is. I haven't been able to find anything like it in image search and Google Goggles even failed me.
Anyone ever see anything like this? Help me figure out my little mystery alien plant! Please!!