The Endangered Cranefly Orchid (blooms in August)

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Comments (7)

Jean Gregory Evans on December 7, 2009

You would NOT believe how difficult it is to find one of these orchids!

When August arrived, I started looking for them and by the time I found them, they were nearly finished with their blooming season!!

They only live in the deep forest. Even though this orchid stands knee high, it fades into the background and is totally camouflaged and hidden in the forest floor leaves. I finally spotted one when the sun sent a strong ray of light and spotlighted one of them.

Their leaves come out in winter then the leaves disappear in the Spring. Last winter, I discovered the leaves in the forest floor and was delighted that they rich green leaves are purple on the underneath side.

I read about them and decided I would mark a few spots in my mind where they were so that when the blooms appeared, I could see them and take photos. The orchid bloom stands alone with no leaves at all. Soon after the orchid fades, the leaves appear for their winter stay.

The Cranefly Orchid hunt is like a good puzzle.


joyfotos on December 8, 2009

Fantastic shot! It just shines! Y*

JLourenco on December 8, 2009

Great find! This orchid looks like honeysuckle! Thanks for sharing!

Greetings, JLourenco

mardrl on December 9, 2009

Wonderful find! Y* from me too!

Norrel on December 11, 2009

Good find, Jean! It was nice to read about the way you discovered this unusual flower!

theolfa on December 12, 2009

I'm so glad you found it, Jean, The photograph is beautiful, maybe because the flower is, and your description is very educational, so now to search the web for more. Thanks! Theolfa

Jean Gregory Evans on May 29, 2010

Joy, it is amazing how it shines and then can totally disappear in the shade. It is like it turns invisible.

JLourenco, it is a special flower and now that I have learned about it and learned where it is, I am going to be watching it. Right now, there are no blooms or leaves ... so I wait.

Margot, it was frustrating when I was looking for it! I nearly missed it!

Norrel, It was so thrilling when I did find it and I nearly kicked myself for being so blind all those days I could have had to photograph it. It is so well camouflaged. But THIS year, I'm planning on doing even better!

Theolfa, Me too! I'm so glad you like it. I love to share the flowers!


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on December 7, 2009
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    by Jean Gregory Evans
    • Camera: SONY DSC-H5
    • Taken on 2009/08/17 18:54:58
    • Exposure: 0.025s (1/40)
    • Focal Length: 6.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO320
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash