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Thread: NECPS Bog Trip - Western Massachusetts - August, 2014

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    NECPS Bog Trip - Western Massachusetts - August, 2014

    Today the NECPS got together in western Massachusetts to visit a few of the local bogs. We toured 3 different sites in the region and saw some amazing plants.


    Site #1. While the CP's we saw at this site were impressive, the orchids stole the show today.

    The general habitat where all the plants were growing.







    Some Cotton Grass - Eriophorum sp.







    Sarracenia purpurea purpurea










    Drosera rotundifolia growing in a patch of Pogonia ophioglossoides.



    Utricularia ?




    Utricularia cornuta






    The orchids we found at this site......

    Share the photo: Gymnadeniopsis (Platanthera) clavellata - Western Massachusetts - Site #1 - - See more at: http://s1109.photobucket.com/user/Ne....CLHSi66A.dpuf

    Gymnadeniopsis (Platanthera) clavellata - The Northern Club-Spur Orchis


















    Platanthera blepharoglottis - The Northern White Fringed Orchis















    Pogonia ophioglossoides - Rose Pogonia or Snakemouth Orchid - We were very surprised to find these in bloom (or just recently so) this late in the season.

    A passing flower.


    Foliage.


    A very exciting discovery and possibly a new form of P.ophioglossoides ! A peloric form of the plant with 3 radially symetrical lips intead of 1 !














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    Wow - that 3 petaled orchid is a pretty awesome find.
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    Site #2 - This site had some Utricularia inflata or radiata that were too far out in the pond to photograph but there were some beautiful Platanthera lacera - The Ragged Fringed Orchis growing by the shore.













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    Site #3 - While lacking any orchids......this location was host to an extremely variable population of S.purpurea purpurea.


































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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragoness View Post
    Wow - that 3 petaled orchid is a pretty awesome find.
    It really was. We were pretty excited as none of us had ever seen anything like it in situ or in photos. Could possibly be a totally new form of this plant.

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    Great stuff! Thanks for taking us along!

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    Wish I lived near somewhere like this Especially liked the purps!

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    Thank you for this photo tour. For me, this is most definitely a "sentimental journey" and highly nostalgic. Very happy to see Platanthera blephariglottis. (When I was a teenager it was still Habenaria blephariglottis)

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