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July 20, 2012

New York Orchids

Filed under: North American Native Plants — admin @ 23:10

I have been visiting some really nice natural areas this summer. The following are some orchids that were photographed in flower in June and July of this year. The first few were taken at a bog in Chenango County. Grass pink differs from our other orchids in that the flowers are not resupinate, that is they are not inverted from twisting of the pedicel. Therefore the lip is on the top rather than on the bottom as in most other orchids.

Grass Pink

Grass pink

(Calopogon tuberosus)


White fringed orchid

(Platantheria blephariglottis)

Rose Pogonia

Rose pogonia

(Pogonia ophioglossioides)

These showy lady’s slippers were found blooming in a rich fen in Onondaga County in mid June.

Showy Lady’s Slipper

Showy lady’s slipper

(Cypripedium reginae)

These hooded lady’s tresses have just started flowering at another rich fen in Onondaga County. It differs from other members of the genus in that the lateral petals are fused with the sepals into a hood.

Hooded lady’s tresses

Hooded lady’s tresses

(Spiranthes romanzoffiana)

The last plant is not an orchid but was growing with the plant above. Kalm’s lobelia is characteristic of rich fens and is named in honor of Pehr Kalm, a 17th century botanist who cataloged New World plants on behalf of Linnaeus.

Kalm’s lobelia

Kalm’s lobelia

(Bromus kalmii)

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