Tuesday, May 22, 2018

More orchids

 As we went searching for orchids on Sunday, especially the Mountain Lady's Slipper, we were treated to others such as the Spotted Coralroot (above and below). Later, at another location near Quincy, we saw that a good crop of Stream Orchids is on the way.  Their young leaves were nearly totally hidden among the sedges, ruches, and grasses by a very small stream that eventually flows into Greenhorn Creek.  In another couple of weeks, they should be blooming, too.
The Coralroots live in the shade of large trees, in this case Ponderosa Pines and Douglass-fir, many over 4 feet in diameter.  They live off nutrients and water in the soil and air.  No photosynthesis.

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