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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wildflower Wednesday #5: The Orchid

The field at NBNC is beautiful this time of year, full of daisies, vetch, black-eyed susan, milkweed, and so many more. Even the first goldenrods are starting to show their color. But it was a very subtle flower that made my day this wildflower Wednesday. I've probably walked by it 100 times without ever seeing it. The Ragged Fringed Orchid may not be obvious as you walk by, but once you find it among the ferns and grasses, it stands out for its beauty and elegance. The flowers emit a fragrance at night that attracts moths such as sphinx moths and owlets.

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