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Seeking Small Orchids

Searching for something and not finding it can be soul crushing; especially if you have looked for it a lot.

Creeping Ladies Tresses is probably the greatest misnomer ever applied to an orchid! The name implies flowing locks of tumbling flowers in ringlets and garlands that furtively garnish themselves across the ground. No. Not so. These things are so small some have stems the size of matchsticks. To make them even harder to find they grow under pines in dark and dingy places among pine needle litter. The thing is if I couldn’t find any soon I would have to wait until next year as their flowering season is limited.

I resorted to help. Thanks to friends Paul, Bob, Greg and Tony I eventually got inch perfect directions to one of these things.  They were so insignificant. No wonder I had difficulty finding them. I couldn’t have been more disappointed. That was until I got down on my hands and knees and took a very close look.

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