Dales' MI Orchids, Part 2: Lady Slippers!

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Dales' MI Orchids, Part 2: Lady Slippers!

Postby SandyLee » Mon Oct 28, 2013 4:47 pm

If you love exotic MI flowers, Dale has "the corner" on these! Making me want to go out and find them... well, next year.... Dale's photos and findings will give us a SUPERB reference guide! Enjoy!

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Ruth and I would now like to share some orchids from the
Genus Cypridedium, or Lady's Slipper's. There are 5
species in Michigan, and we will present a few of those for
you to see. A note should be taken that to some persons
Cypridedium's may cause an irritation and reaction similar to
a severe case of poison ivy, so touching these orchids
should be avoided. Lady's slippers are wonderful flowers,
and perhaps the ones we most remember seeing as we
grew up. The more you study and see these flowers, the
more you hope to see them again and again!

Our first two will be the same species, but different
variations. The Yellow Lady's slippers are found throughout
the State, and add immense color to the spring forest and
roadsides. The first photograph was taken in Mackinac
County and is the Large Yellow Lady's-slipper. It can be
from 4 inches to 24 inches tall, and flowers in May through
June. It is the more common of the two in our area. Its
sepals are greenish to yellowish brown and and can have
dark streaks, while being slightly spiraled.

The second photograph was taken in Charlevoix County
and is the Small Yellow Lady's-slipper. It is less common
and its sepals are a dark mahogany to purple in color, and
are strongly spiral-twisted. The blossoms are fragrant,
resembling vanilla. It flowers late May and in to June. It
is 6 inches to 14 inches tall.

Next time we will take a look at the smallest and the
largest of the Lady's-slippers. Enjoy!

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Re: Dales' MI Orchids, Part 2: Lady Slippers!

Postby FredZ » Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:18 pm

Very nice !!
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Re: Dales' MI Orchids, Part 2: Lady Slippers!

Postby Duane Wilcox » Mon Oct 28, 2013 11:13 pm

Thanks Dale!!
When I die, I hope she doesn't sell my tools and cameras for what I said I paid for them!

Keep your stick on the ice!
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Re: Dales' MI Orchids, Part 2: Lady Slippers!

Postby SandyLee » Sat Nov 09, 2013 5:34 pm

A couple more from Dale (while he's basking in 80 degrees and we are FREEZING up here!)

"We would like to continue with 2 more from the Genus Cypridedium,
the Lady's-slippers. These two terrestrial orchids are the smallest
and the largest of our Lady's-slippers. Don't let the photographs
fool you, as the individual flower size of the Ram's-head is 1.5 x 2.0 cm,
and the individual flower size of the Showy is 8 x 12 cm. Both of
these orchids are found in the lower and upper peninsula's.

The first photograph is of the Ram's-head Lady's-slipper. A northern
orchid flowering in late May and early June. I would consider it
local and very uncommon. A plant of cool soil, it can be from 4 inches
to 13 inches in height, most often found around 6 inches high. Very
easily overlooked . This photograph taken in Alger County.
Habitat is mixed hardwood and coniferous forest.
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The second photograph was taken in Ogemaw County and is the
queen of the Lady's-slippers; the Showy Lady's-slipper. It reaches
the height of 3 feet and is often seen and enjoyed in large groups.
It loves moisture and can be found in wet, open bogs, and along
the roadside in ditches. Blossoms in mid to late June.
A favorite of most everyone!"
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Re: Dales' MI Orchids, Part 2: Lady Slippers!

Postby Dale » Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:14 pm

Sandy, thanks again for your help in posting these. Some terrestrial orchids are
blooming here in Florida now. Today we located the Fragrant Ladies-tresse, a
tall and large ladies tresse. Unfortunately they are located in a slough where
cottonmouths exist, and perhaps coral snakes as well. I won't be going down
in to the thick leaf ground cover to check it out either way, but will enjoy the
orchids with my binoculars and scope!

Enjoyed some Burrowing Owls yesterday. Cute little guys, but not too
tolerant of you getting close to their home !!

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