The Earth laughs in flowers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
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In Search of the Many-Flowered Grasspink Orchid
Very few people get to see the Many-flowered Grasspink Orchid which appears only in very recently burned areas and blooms for just a few days. Read more about this Natural Encounter In Search of the Many-Flowered Grasspink Orchid
The orchid's seed capsule releases its fine dust-like seeds in the wind.
I had the privilege of seeing this Ghost Orchid growing on a Royal Palm in the Fakahatchee Strand in south Florida. The locations of Ghost Orchids and other orchids are kept as quiet as possible in order to protect them from unscrupulous collectors.
Epidendrum conopseumThese orchids are also called Magnolia Orchids because they often grow on Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) trees.
Notice the real crab spider (Misumessus oblongus) on the Reinorchid.
Platanthera blephariglottis var. conspicua
Sacoila lanceolata var. lanceolata
Ladiestresses orchids are often difficult to identify down to species, but the Longlip Ladiestresses Orchid is easily recognized by its two side petals that extend out to the side.
This petal arrangement, in combination with its yellow throat and clubbed hairs on the flowers, separate this ladiestresses orchid from its siblings.