Dale's MI Orchids: Part Five!

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Dale's MI Orchids: Part Five!

Postby SandyLee » Thu Dec 19, 2013 3:02 pm

Hi All! Dale has been kind enough to provide us with FOUR more Orchids... all incredibly beautiful! ... as well as quite rare. We hope you are enjoying the series.... when complete, I will gather all the threads into their own subforum over in the "Fauna and Flora" Forum.... so we will have a great resource.... If Spring and Summer ever return to Michigan!

Now.... to Dale's descriptions!

"These next two orchids are quite difficult to locate in Michigan, but they have a beauty of their own and should be enjoyed.

The first orchid is the Showy Orchis and is from the Genus Galearis. It blooms early in the season, adding much color to the Spring wildflowers in mid to late May. While very common in southern states, it seems sparse here in Michigan. A beautiful orchid, this orchid favors deciduous forests and is 2 - 8 inches high. Photographed in southern Michigan."
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The second orchid is from the Genus Isotria and has the common name of Large Whorled Pogonia. A most unusual orchid, located in wet bogs and usually in the company of poison sumac. This orchid is THREATENED.
Rare and very local. Plants have a whorl of 5 or 6 leaves at the summit of the stem and above the leaves show one or two flowers. The flowers are more curious than they are beautiful. 4 - 16 inches tall.
Photographed from southern Michigan they were found under a blueberry bush on a single mound in a very wet bog.
Next two are very rare and Threatened orchids. We hope you are enjoying these wonderful gems of nature.

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When you begin looking for native orchids in Michigan, there are a few that stand out as probably not possible. The two Ruth and I are presenting this time both fall in to that category. Not only are they very rare in our State, but it takes hours and hours of research to find possible locations for them, and extensive hours in the field to eventually locate them. They are both THREATENED species, and so must be protected at all costs. It is critical that people understand that these orchids do not transplant, and handling or moving them is a certain loss of the species.

The first orchid pictured, the Small Round-leafed Orchid (from the Genus
Amerorchis) was found in a very wet area under the protection of cedar trees in the Upper Peninsula. It must have cool soil, and because of that is somewhat common in certain areas north of our State. A striking and most beautiful orchid. 1 3/4 - 8 inches in height. Flowers in June.
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The second orchid pictured is the Three Birds's Orchid or Nodding Pogonia from the Genus Triphora. This is an amazing orchid and a definite treasure. One of the rarest orchids of the Great Lakes Region it stands 3 1/4 - 10 inches tall. Blossom time is very short, with individual flowers lasting usually only a day or so. Flowers open in mid morning and usually close by mid afternoon. Likes deciduous and mixed woodlands, with Beech and Sugar Maple trees. Easily overlooked while walking in the forest. Pictured from the Lower Peninsula this orchid flowers in August.
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