|Silver Lake Bog|
|Spring Pond Bog|
|Sarracenia purpurea ssp. purpurea|
|Platanthera blephariglottis var. blephariglottis|
Okay, you've waited patiently, so now the trip highlight. While gingerly walking through Sphagnum and sedges, I was lucky enough to glance down at the right time and to somehow distinguish the greenish-red lips of blooming Southern Twayblade (Listera australis) from the greenish-red sphagnum that was so abundant in the Patterned Peatland at Spring Pond Bog. Bruce probably thought I'd been shot with how fast I dropped to the ground to see this 20 cm tall gem. Upon getting down to its level, we were able to find several more individuals forming a small population.
|Listera australis flower close-up, showing the long lip|
Stay tuned for Adirondack Foray, Part II, which will cover the end of our second day as well as our third day of botanizing in the Empire State.