Sunrise on the Maumee

Sunrise on the Maumee

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

More Monitoring

The Lesser Purple Fringed Orchid (Platanthera psycodes) is a state threatened species in Ohio.  It is such a pretty Orchid, we try not to attract attention to ourselves when we check on it - for fear someone will dig it up.  Our native Orchids are finicky plants and rarely survive once moved. This plant is flowering later than usual, almost certainly due to the drought we had earlier this summer. There were three plants in this ditch last year, but so far, this is the only bloom.  We plan on (stealthily) checking for the other plants over the next several weeks in hopes of another bloom!

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