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kentuckiense

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I could never photograph this one with my old point-and-shoot. Autofocus has a hard time with these colors and the low-light areas these plants grow. I finally have a dSLR this year (thanks Lance!) and things worked out much better.



This monotypic genus produces a single white-striped leaf in the late fall and photosynthesizes during the winter and early spring. The leaf dies back in mid spring and a single inflorescence is produced. They kind of remind me of little Cymbidiums.
 

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Oh how I hate my system administrators! If I could I'd staple their privates to a desk and push them out my [36 floor] window! :mad: Hopefully I'll see the photo some day! There's a vendor on eBay selling pogonias, spiranthes, and a bunch of other native orchids. If I wasn't working on my Cyp, Phrag besseae hybrid, and illegal [er, I mean difficult to acquire] paph collections I'd jump in for a bunch! Finally after 4 refreshings! Nice photo. It cool that these grow from your area all the way up the Northeast. hanx for posting.
 

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Nice shot Zac! These really are tough to photo and I never got a good shot of one either. Another one that is REALLY tough to photograph well is Tipularia discolor...now if you can get a good shot of that one, well, hat's off to you!

There is a genus in the orient that reminds me of Aplectrum (similar growth habit, etc), in fact it is a fairly close relative, Cremastra appendiculata. Here's one in my garden:

 

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Cool flowers on both plants. Both are good photos, also -- difficult plants to photograph well.
 
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Nice shot Zac! These really are tough to photo and I never got a good shot of one either. Another one that is REALLY tough to photograph well is Tipularia discolor...now if you can get a good shot of that one, well, hat's off to you!
Here are some shots I have of T. discolor.



Closest shot I could get.
 

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So cool! Y'all are making me want a new camera now! I can't photograph anything white decently at all this year! I should bring the real camera to work and just leave it there. While the iPhone camera is okay, it is only 2 mpx. My old point in shoot is 3.1 I think so maybe a little better.

Oh well.
So, how much do these dslrs cost anyway? It may have to go on a long list of things I would like to eventually do...

Oh, and Tom, nice garden plant. :)
 

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