Platanthera blephariglottis! Platanthera blephariglottis! Platanthera blephariglottis!
Say it a few more times and it will start to roll off your tongue, I promise!
The white-fringed bog-orchid MIGHT be one of my favorite native orchids. We were to our super secret
LOOK at that bloom!
This was a spot Keith had discovered via Google Earth. A bit earlier in the season we had found Pogonia ophioglossoides (Rose pogonia) and Calopogon tuberosus (grass pink orchid) and at least one other species that was not yet blooming. Keith guessed that they might be Platanthera blephariglottis, and of course he was right!
The little bog is no more than 100 feet across, but the conditions are perfect for native orchids. There is plenty of Larix laricina, or larch, our favorite tree to find. The needles on larch are AMAZING, plus you are bound to find other cool plants if you see larch! You’ll usually find sundew, pitcher plants, and cotton sedge in habitats like this.
Find the habitat, find the plant!