Jul. 3, 2021

Alaska orchid, Platanthera unalascensis

Wow! Alaska orchid was the penultimate find on our trip to the Upper Peninsula. After all, we were a long way from Alaska. In Michigan it can be found only on the eastern end of the UP, and on Drummond Island. These flowers are only approaching a quarter inch, and don't look to do much to attract for pollination. In the evening, they emit a honey-like fragrance. Alaska orchid grows in woodlands in AK, CA, CO, ID, MI, MT, NM, NV, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY, AB, BC, NF, ON, and QC. Mackinac Co MI, 6/19/21. Orchid family, Orchidaceae.