Dale's MI Orchids: Part SEVEN!

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Dale's MI Orchids: Part SEVEN!

Postby SandyLee » Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:58 pm

Hi All.... Dale has provided us with yet another FOUR beautiful Michigan Orchids! I hope you all are taking note and plan to go searching for them this Spring/Summer (if Spring/Summer ever GETS here!)
Thanks, Dale and Ruth for these incredibly lovely images and information!

Per Dale:
"These next three orchids are additional ladies tresses. This group, Spiranthes, are perhaps the most difficult to learn . We hope you enjoy them.

Spiranthes lacera or the Slender Ladies Tresse can be found throughout the state. Flowering in mid to late July, they can be found in large groups or sometimes scattered among other wildflowers. They like dry sand with some competitive ground cover. Dry acid soils, either wooded or open. Pictured here from Alger County.
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Next is Spiranthes ovalis, or Oval Ladies Tresse. Considered threatened in Michigan, this orchid has been documented in only very few locations in the southern part of the State.
It is a tall flower with very small flowers. It has a nice full flower head, and is considered a forest species. Also referred to as the October Ladies Tresse, as this is the time of the year it can be seen.
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The third Spiranthes is the Hooded Ladies tresse, or Spiranthes romanzoffiana. Likes wet sand on beaches and with some limestone cover. Can be located on lake shores, stream banks, and wet meadows. 4"
to 12". Note the "hooded" profile and the three greenish lines in the lip. Pictured here from Chippewa County. Can be found in mid to late August, scattered throughout the State.
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The last native orchid for this posting is a coral root. Plants of this genus, Corallorhiza, are saprophytic in nature. They are scapose, with leaves reduced to a tubular sheath. They are found in woods usually in dry soils.
This form, the maculata, can be found from the first of June to mid August. Photographed in Alger County, this orchid is found throughout the State.
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Re: Dale's MI Orchids: Part SEVEN!

Postby res » Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:12 am

All are nice but the first is very good and the last one is a flat knock out!! Great colors between the flowers and the background. Great work
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Re: Dale's MI Orchids: Part SEVEN!

Postby Dale » Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:17 pm

Thanks Res. Appreciate the comments. These flowers are so small it is
difficult to capture the fine details. I did not mention it earlier, but if you
note on the top left flower of the coral root you can see the pollen sacs, so this
blossom is relatively new. One of the things in photographing these orchids
is you need to get your timing correct. Most orchids will have wilted flowers
at the bottom before the top is open, so that is why on my pictures you will
often see closed blossoms at the top, because I like to get the open lower
blossoms in good condition.

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