Thursday, May 31, 2012
Hot Spot for Orchids and Lilies
6/2/12 - Better Late Than Never?
This "hot spot" might be taken for granted by anyone who lives nearby, but, then, it appeared that no one lived nearby. If it were not for a paved road passing through, it has the feel of a truly wild place. This despite the nearby presence of a power dam and some huge water pipes. Anyway, here are the 'scientific' details of the flowers posted here. The top two photos are of Stream Orchid, Epipactis gigantea. I first discovered these last year near the Greenville Y, but have seen no signs of them yet this year. So, it was exciting to discover this other location for them. The third and fourth photos are of the California Lady's Slipper, Cypripedium californicum, and this was the first time I'd ever seen them. A special thanks to Spencer and Dalynn Dykstra for showing me this place. The fifth photo, also a new one for me, is the Reed Lily, AKA Rush Lily, AKA White-flowered Schoenolirion, Hastingsia alba. This one was attracting a good variety of insects - bees, butterflies, hover flies, beetles, and spiders. Some were probably casual visitors for a rest stop, some were dining on pollen and nectar, others might be serious pollinators, whether they knew it or not! Photo #6, a dominant presence at this site, is the Western Azalea, Rhododendron occidentale. Not only impressive-looking shrubs, but they cast a wonderful fragrance over the area. Finally, a single blossom of the Purple Milkweed, Asclepias cordifolia, AKA Heartleaf Milkweed. This one was photographed near Oakland Camp in Quincy. I include it here to show the typical structure of many milkweed species for comparison purposes. At the Orchid and Lily site described here, we found a specimen of milkweed, species as yet not known by us, that looked exactly like the Purple Milkweed, except its blossoms were pure white! The leaves were a similar shape, too, but had no trace of purple. Still working on this one. Images of it in the next post.