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