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kentuckiense

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I've always liked this one. In the fall, it puts up a single big striped leaf and it photosynthesizes in the bright winter light. Once it gets warm, it sheds that leaf and shoots up a spike and blooms in mid to late May. While researching for an ethnobotany class, I found out that apparently the dried tuberous root of this orchid used to be carried as a good luck charm by slaves in the southeastern USA.

These things are impossible for my camera to photograph, so only two shots turned out to be somewhat respectable.



 
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Very nice artistic shot Zach. Unfortunately these don't grow in any sunny locations and most cameras have a tough time with that strong green hue present in the understory of the woodland.
 
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By the way, Zach and I will be trying to one-up each other all spring and summer with posting the blooming native orchids.
 
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cdub said:
By the way, Zach and I will be trying to one-up each other all spring and summer with posting the blooming native orchids.

First one to pose nude with a native orchid wins.
 

Leo Schordje

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Zach,
Nice photo, and the tree in the background is an American Beech, an indicator species for the typical habitat for Putty Root. I tried growing these in pots, and in the ground. The big problem is that squirrels in my area love to eat the tubers. Where I find them there are enough coyotes that squirrels are not too common. I guess I'll have to import coyotes to my back yard.
 

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