by Crystal Cockman
I recently made a trip to a friend’s property in Montgomery County looking to find an orchid he had spotted a few years ago. We thought the orchid might be a yellow fringeless orchid, which I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing yet in the wild, but we weren’t sure. We did not have a GPS point, so we were relying on his memory to find the small orchid again in the middle of the woods. It was a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack. We went last year trying to spot the plant in the pouring down rain and did not have any luck. This year we went on a sunny day, though I ended up getting just about as soaked from sweat from the heat and humidity as I did on the rainy day.
It was a long walk back to where the small boggy stream area was where the landowner remembered spotting the orchid two years prior. We walked up the stream through a jungle of a forest with plenty of smilax, or wait-a-minute vines, we had to gingerly pick our way through. We went by where he thought he remembered seeing it and did not find it, but kept going well past where it was likely to be. We were about ready to give up, but I thought we should go back through there one more time, as orchids can be hard to spot. It wasn’t long after that I saw the bright orange to my right and found two of the unique orchids in bloom. [Read more…]