Michigan ORCHIDS... on behalf of Dale

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Michigan ORCHIDS... on behalf of Dale

Postby SandyLee » Sun Sep 29, 2013 3:34 pm

Our longtime member, Dale, has asked that I post this intro to his journey to photograph ALL the native orchids of Michigan. Congrats, Dale, on this successful adventure! :W

Take a moment to congratulate Dale and his wife, and/or add a comment or two. Thanks for sharing Dale!

From Dale:
"Once my wife and I had reached a significant number of ABA birds, we began
to look for additional ways to enjoy the out-of-doors. In 1999, we decided to
try to locate and photograph all of Michigan's Native Orchids. This past
summer we reached that goal, having photographed all 56 of Michigan's
native terrestrial orchids. Please understand that these are all protected
plants, and some are now listed as THREATENED.

The orchid pictured below is the Prairie Ladies'-tresse, Spiranthes
magnicamporum. It can be anywhere from 4 inches to 25 inches tall.
Noted are the wonderful fragrant white flowers with a yellow underlip.
Also note that the lateral sepals rise and form "horns" over the top of
the flower. This orchid likes moist sand prairies, and can be found in
Southeastern Michigan and along the Saginaw Bay area of the thumb.
It flowers in late August through September."

Dale

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Re: Michigan ORCHIDS... on behalf of Dale

Postby Cindee » Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:52 pm

That is awesome DAle and Ruth!!! The pictures are pretty impressive too.
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Re: Michigan ORCHIDS... on behalf of Dale

Postby littlebird » Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:04 pm

Great photos! would love to see all of your photos!
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Re: Michigan ORCHIDS... on behalf of Dale

Postby Dale » Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:33 pm

Sandy, thanks much for your help. Greatly appreciated as are the kind words.
Cindee, remember when we were on some birding walks and found a couple of
orchids here and there? Would be nice to do that again sometime. It has been
quite an adventure for Ruth and I.
Jody, thanks for the nice remarks. I will try to get some more posted soon.
We love to share them with others.

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Re: Michigan ORCHIDS... on behalf of Dale

Postby SandyLee » Tue Oct 01, 2013 1:00 pm

Always happy to assist in pic posting, Dale!

Jody is my neighbor.... I sometimes "babysit" her orchids when she and hubby are out of town. (and I try not to kill them... the orchids, that is!)
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Re: Michigan ORCHIDS... on behalf of Dale

Postby SandyLee » Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:11 pm

Installment #2 of Dale's "Michigan Orchids"! Enjoy!

"There are five fringed orchids in Michigan. They are in the genus
Platanthera, the largest group of native orchids in our State. Two
are pictured below.

The first is the White Fringed Orchid. This was found on a floating
bog in Gratiot County in late July.

The second is the Yellow Fringed Orchid, pictured here from
Kalamazoo County in a light rain, also in late July. This orchid
could easily be called the "orange" fringed orchid. A very
colorful orchid to say the least.

These two orchids are found together and do hybridize producing
some wonderful plants. Both orchids enjoy tamarack-sphagnum bogs,
and can get as tall as 40 inches."
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Re: Michigan ORCHIDS... on behalf of Dale

Postby SandyLee » Mon Oct 21, 2013 4:34 pm

A couple more lovely Orchids for our "Series" .... hope you enjoy! Thanks, Dale and Ruth!

"Two more fringed orchids to share with you. These are also
in the genus Platanthera.

The first is the Small Purple Fringed Orchid. This is a very
picturesque and beautiful orchid. One of our favorites.
Seen as tall as 3 feet, this orchid can be found in roadside
ditches where it is moist, or along streams in sandy soils.
It flowers mid to late July and can be found throughout the
State. This one photographed in Cheboygan County.

The second is the Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid. This
orchid can be found on sedge mats in open bogs but is
predominantly a prairie species. It can be 8" - 40" and
flowers late June to Early July. It is found mainly south of the
Saginaw-Bay Region, and this was photographed in Huron
County.

Dale"

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