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Spiranthes ochroleuca (Yellow nodding ladies'-tresses orchid)

These are the remainder of the Spiranthes orchid shots from yesterday's trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.

 

The Spiranthes lacera variety gracilis were a huge surprise, since they quit blooming in our immediate area in July! It's much cooler at 5500 feet in elevation, so I guess they got a later start. I found three plants in bloom while checking out the other Spiranthes ochroleuca blooming at the same site.

 

I know, there are some "repeats" with the Spiranthes ochroleuca, but these were so nice that I had to take a few more shots...

 

I managed to catch just the edge of some Stiff Gentian growing near this beauty...

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Taken on September 15, 2012