Dale's MI Orchids: Part Eight!

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Dale's MI Orchids: Part Eight!

Postby SandyLee » Tue Feb 18, 2014 5:40 pm

Hi Everyone! Dale is sharing yet another four beautiful Michigan Orchids! Hope you enjoy! This will be our final "installment" here on Photo Sharing.... On or around March 1, we will move all the posts to a Michigan Orchid Sub-Forum over in "Fauna and Flora" so that we will have a great reference for this Spring/Summer (assuming Spring/Summer will actually ARRIVE this year!)

Thank you, Dale and Ruth for your research and incredible photos!

From Dale and Ruth:
Ruth and I want to start this posting with another coral root.
Corallorhiza trifida is a small orchid as most of the coral roots are.
this one stands 2" to 12" tall, and is located in moist woods and sandy soil. Known as the Early Coral Root, it flowers in early June. Trifida is found in two forms in Michigan, form verna which has a pure white lip and in this form, trifida, with the spotted lip. In our exerpience, this form with the purple dotted lip is the more difficult of the two to find, and can be located along the shores of Lake Superior. Filmed in Alger County.
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Early Coral Root
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The next orchid is again from the family spiranthes. Spiranthes lucida or Shinning Ladies' tresses grows in gravely sandbars along river banks. It stands 3 1/2" to 12", but is most difficult to see within the other vegetation. Once located you must get extremely close to notice the beautiful yellow lip with dark green lines. It flowers in mid June. Photographed in Presque Isle County.
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Shining Ladies' Tresses
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The final two orchids are twayblades from two different Genus. The first is the Broad-leaved Twayblade, Listera convallarioides. This orchid is translucent which we think really adds to its beauty. It is especially abundant in moist interdunal woods on the southern Lake Superior shoreline. This orchid is short, flowering below other vegetation. Photo from Alger County.
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Broad-leaved Twayblade
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The second twayblade, the Lily-leaved Twayblade is from the Genus Liparis. Liparis liliifolia can be found in mixed deciduous forests or within bushes, thickets and often on a bank. We have usually found them along defined pathways. Located by its large basal leaves it is also known as the Brown Wide-liped Orchid. Pictured here from Tuscola County you can see the uniqueness of this plant. More common in the southern part of the State.
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Lily-leaved Twayblade
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This brings to total 31 native orchids that we have been able to share with you; more than half of those currently found in Michigan. We hope that you have enjoyed these wonderful and unique wildflowers. Please remember not to disturb them, but to enjoy their beauty in their natural settings. That way they can be available for enjoyment for generations to come.

A special thank you to Sandy for her help in posting these, and for hosting such a wonderful website for all of our enjoyment.
- Sandy
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