Botany Blog Plants of the Northeastern U.S.

June 29, 2011

Lesser Purple Fringed Orchid

Filed under: North American Native Plants — admin @ 20:40

Lesser purple fringed orchids (Platanthera psychodes) are just beginning to bloom here in central NY. These were found today in a swamp under some poison sumac. Green fringed orchid (Platanthera lacera) was also blooming in the same area. There were many little club-spur orchids (Platanthera clavellata) in bud that should be opening in a few weeks.

Lesser purple fringed orchid

It was overcast so a flash was needed to get a closeup of the flowers, which is why the background is so dark.



June 18, 2011

Rhodobryum roseum

Filed under: North American Native Plants,Seedless Plants — admin @ 09:30

Rhodobryum roseum is an attractive moss that grows primarily on thin soils over rocks in woodlands. The upper leaves form a crowded rossette that becomes erect and rather contorted when dry. Sporophytes are rarely produced.

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