Jul. 1, 2022

ragged fringed orchid, Platanthera lacera

Ragged or green fringed orchid was yesterday's find. These plants are not uncommon, but they can be a little elusive. Some years they pop up and bloom, others not. And spotting these greenish foot-high blooms among the grasses and other plants is not easy. Big thank you to Eric who did the spotting! Now I've got to spot it at night. It turns out these are fragrant at night. They're pollinated by crepuscular creatures, mostly moths. Crepuscular? Those critters are active in the twilight, morning or evening. Just imagine crawling around in the evening with our noses a foot off the ground, trying to find orchids we couldn't spot in daylight! Ragged fringe grows in damp areas in AL, AR, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, MB, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, QC, and on SPM. Secor Metropark, Lucas Co OH, 6/30/22. Orchid family, Orchidaceae.