Wow. I am trying to get pictures formatted and ready to post here, but my head is just swimming.
Today we went to Cane Creek Canyon Preserve, which is privately owned, near Tuscumbia, Alabama. We got a tour from the owner, arranged in advance. He quickly learned that I wanted to see not just things in bloom, but every plant in sight. I quickly learned that this is a very special place. They have a high number of threatened and endangered plants. The benefit of going somewhere where there is a person with general and local knowledge is that he knew exactly where to find each plant, and what it is called. He and I were ecstatic- Loretta, and a local woman who went with us got dragged along for the ride, but insisted they didn't mind.
Today, I saw three different orchids, and learned that I saw the leaves of another on Monday. Three of the four are completely new to me. Here's a good example of why one needs a guide to find many of these plants. Here's the Southern Twayblade, Neottia bifolia, or Listera bifolia (they've changed the genus name), or Listera australis.
Are you still hunting? Here's some help. Now you should be able to find the two paired leaves- twayblades
Ready for the flower? You may not be impressed, but I think it's spectacular. The whole plant is about 8 inches tall.
I am so "high" from all this wonderful botanizing, I don't know if people will be able to scrape me off the ceiling.
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