Dale's MI Orchids: Part Six!

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Dale's MI Orchids: Part Six!

Postby SandyLee » Mon Jan 20, 2014 5:39 pm

Hi All,
Dale and Ruth are sharing another four incredible Michigan Orchids! Enjoy!
Per Dale:

"Another example of an orchid from the Genus Platanthera is the Round Leaved Orchid, or Pad-leaved Orchis. It has very large basal leaves that lie flat on the ground, and this makes the identification of this orchid fairly easy. Found in dry hardwood or mixed forests, this picture was taken in Emmet County in late June. Spurs are 10-28 mm which differentiates this orchid from the Large Round Leaved Orchid which has much the same flower but spurs measure over 38 mm."
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This next orchid is from the Genus Tipularia, and is a difficult orchid to find. Called the Cranefly Orchid, we located this orchid in a forested area with small moist pools nearby. Blooms are wispy, on stems
10- 24 inches high. You can easily stand right next to this orchid and yet not see it. Pictured here from Berrien County. This orchid is somewhat unique in that it produces winter leaves that disappear by the time blooms open. Flowers in August
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There are four species of the Genus Goodyera in Michigan, also commonly known as the plantains. We have attached two for you to see and enjoy.

The first is Goodyera pubescens or Downy Rattlesnake Plantain.
This orchid is found in bogs or dry rocky woods, favoring sandy, humus filled soils. This plant stands 4" - 16" tall and is quite striking when found in full bloom. Highly enjoyed by deer, they often pull the entire plant from the ground. Pictured here from Washtenaw County, it can be found throughout the State.
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The second plantain is Goodyera repens, or Creeping Rattlesnake Plantain. It is the smallest of the plantains, seldom reaching over 6" tall. It likes cool, shaded soils, and enjoys the dripline of cedars.
Found in coniferous woods and bogs. Pictured here from Chippewa County, it can be found throughout the State north of Genesee County.
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Re: Dale's MI Orchids: Part Six!

Postby Rick Baetsen » Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:58 am

Thanks so much Dale and Ruth for sharing your orchid images. I know the time and work you guys have put into locating and photographing these often times rare Michigan wildflowers. I can really appreciate the images of flowers and green things as we approach -20F here at midnight tonight. Look forward to getting out with you on some forays and searches again when the warm seasons come again.
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Re: Dale's MI Orchids: Part Six!

Postby Dale » Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:22 pm

Thanks for the nice comments Rick. And thanks again for your help in achieving
locations for some of these orchids. We absolutely want to get out with you, and
hopefully Bonnie, this spring in hunt of some new flowers and locations.
Stay warm. Not much different down here. We are breaking new records of
cold almost daily. HURRY UP SPRING !!

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