Yellow-fringed Orchid

HabeneriaFun afternoon botanizing at nearby Foster Falls with, among others, TN State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath, who drove down from the Nashville partly in hopes of photographing the rare white fringeless orchid, Platanthera integrilabia. We didn’t see that plant, but we were rewarded with the sight of several of its close cousins, the yellow-fringed orchid, Platanthera ciliaris. Both plants need plenty of sunlight and so are often found — like this one   in the photograph — in power line rights-of-way. So, Randy, how would you describe the color of this flower? “Orange sherbet — delicious, sweet orange sherbet!” Sounds mighty good to me!  

Randy take picRandy

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