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Platanthera peramoena - In Search of a Rare Orchid

Fieldtrip to Durham County, NC - July 22, 2007
After a unsuccessful attempt last year, today I hit pay dirt. Finally I found the rare and elusive purple fringeless orchid - Platanthera peramoena! The overgrown thicket was at times painful to penetrate. Briars, blackberries, honeysuckle, and poison ivy all tangled together with woody shrubs made this difficult a task. I have the scratches to prove it. Yet it was well worth the effort to see, and photograph this beautiful plant. I've included some photos from my first visit last July.
Highway near Dial Creek
Highway near Dial Creek
Dial Creek
Dial Creek
Dial Creek from creekside
Dial Creek from creekside
Dial Creek looking upstream
Dial Creek looking upstream
Dial Creek
Dial Creek
Dial Creek
Dial Creek
The swamp downstream of Dial Creek
The swamp downstream of Dial Creek
Dial Creek thicket
Dial Creek thicket
Dial Creek thicket
Dial Creek thicket
Platanthera peramoena
Platanthera peramoena
Platanthera peramoena
Platanthera peramoena
Platanthera peramoena
Platanthera peramoena
Platanthera peramoena
Platanthera peramoena
Platanthera peramoena
Platanthera peramoena
Wheel bug
Wheel bug
Sabatia angularis
Sabatia angularis
Sabatia angularis
Sabatia angularis
Sabatia angularis var alba
Sabatia angularis var alba
Centrosema virginianum
Centrosema virginianum
Ipomoea pandurata
Ipomoea pandurata
Ruellia caroliniensis
Ruellia caroliniensis
Goodyera pubescens
Goodyera pubescens
Goodyera pubescens
Goodyera pubescens
Goodyera pubescens
Goodyera pubescens