May. 8, 2021

north wind bog orchid, Platanthera aquilonis

When I started working on this entry, it was fun to see its new name. North wind bog orchid! That seems to be an improvement on northern green orchid or Sheviak's bog orchid or green rein orchid, but maybe not on eagle rein orchid. It seems to be human nature to keep trying to improve things. So we've also taken the old Habenaria hyperborea and made it genus Platanthera. Then we split it into P. aquilonis, P. hyperborea, and P. huronensis. All botanically necessary according to our current knowledge. One reason for the split is that this one is mostly self pollinating. As the flowers open, they rotate 180 degrees so the anthers are above the pistils. They then curl down to deposit pollen sacs on the stigmas. They also sometimes just drop pollen or let it migrate through drops of rain water. Or even rarely let bugs help out, which keeps the genetic lines healthy. North wind orchid grows in damp low-nutrient environments; this one was on a rocky shore. They can be found in AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, IA, ID, IL, IN, MA, ME, MI, MN, MT, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM< NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SD, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY, across Canada, and on SPM. Emmet Co MI, 5/27/12. Orchid family, Orchidaceae.