This weekend we visited an Atlantic white cedar bog in Southern NH. This location sits in a depression right smack in the middle of suburbia. The area is under threat of disappearing due to the encroaching red maples and grey birches that are invading the bog at an alarming rate. The trees have probably gained a foothold in the otherwise inhospitable bog due to phosphates from fertilizer run off from the surrounding neighborhood.
Here's the general habitat.
The one orchid we found was Pogonia ophioglossoides, the Rose Pogonia. This species was extirpated inexplicably from the site but was successfully reintroduced several years ago. Maybe next year we'll get to this location early enough to see them in bloom.
Drosera intermedia - These are by far the smallest examples of adult D.intermedia I've seen at any of the bogs I've visited.
Drosera rotundifolia - These plants were also much smaller than any other D.rotundifolia I've seen.
Note the foliage of Utricularia cornuta in this photo.
Utricularia cornuta - None of these were in bloom and only a single expired flower stalk was found.
Sarracenia purpurea purpurea - a seemingly healthy population on the brink of habitat loss.
Etiolated plants growing in what was once wide open bog habitat, now heavily grown in with saplings.
The plants growing in the open bog were beautiful and unique.
Fortunately we found many small seedlings in the area, ensuring at least for now that this population is continueing to grow and prosper.