Grass-leaved Ladies Tresses

This is actually an orchid and a very unique one as well.

Grass-leaved Ladies Tresses | Alice Mary Herden | April 16
Grass-leaved Ladies Tresses | Alice Mary Herden | April 16

According to the Florida Native Orchid website, it has a very interesting way not to self-pollinate.

This orchid is amazing, how it naturally twists for growth and strength but stays so very fragile.


Link: http://flnativeorchids.com/natives_gallery/spiranthes_praecox.htm

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Pinebarren Aster

This is a native wildflower I haven’t seen at Chassahowitzka WMA before, as it was in a location many just look and drive by.

Bracken Fern | Alice Mary Herden | April 17
Field of Bracken Fern | Alice Mary Herden | April 17

They are well hidden in this field of Bracken Fern, along with a couple of other wildflowers.

Pinebarren Aster | Alice Mary Herden | April 11
Pinebarren Aster | Alice Mary Herden | April 11

The stalks of the Pinebarren Aster, also known as Whitetop Aster,  have multiple groups of flowers which make for a great photo subject.


Link:

https://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/oclemena-reticulata

http://www.sfrc.ufl.edu/extension/4h/plants/Bracken_fern/index.html

 

Swamp Rose

Just beginning to bloom, the Swamp Rose grows along the banks of swamps and marshes, however, I have only seen these at Chassahowitzka WMA in one visible location.

Swamp Rose | Alice Mary Herden | April 16
Swamp Rose | Alice Mary Herden | April 16

 

Swamp Rose Leaves | Alice Mary Herden | April 16
Swamp Rose Leaves | Alice Mary Herden | April 16

 


Link:

https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/plant-of-the-week/rosa_palustris.shtml