Monday, May 08, 2006

Essex county wild orchids

We're heading outside of Toronto tomorrow to Windsor and we are hoping to have a chance to look for the following two native orchids:

Showy orchis (Galearis spectabilis)

Yellow Lady-slipper (Cypripedium calceolus)

Here is a list of other orchids that can be found in this area. We're going to check out the Ojibway Nature Centre where we are hoping to spot the above two orchids which should be in bloom right about now.


At 6:58 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm out in Oshawa (just east of Toronto). It is still early for the Cyps out here, I have a few in my garden and there are just a few inches high. you may be in luck in Windsor. It is warmer there.

Just a note: calceolus is a synonym for that Cyp. (European I think). It is actually known as Cypripedium parviflorum var pubescens. See Cypripedium parviflorum

If you were here next month you might go to Purdon Conservation Area near Ottawa. I'm hoping to get there one day.

RS in Oshawa

At 10:13 p.m., Blogger Naomi @ WCOE said...

Unfortunately we didn't spot any orchids despite a fairly extensive search. I think we were too early for the yellow lady slipper, and we were at the wrong site for the showy orchis.


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