Posts Tagged ‘Creeping Ladies Tresses

02
Aug
16

Tresses

Deep in among the pines. Hardly noticeable on the short mossy turf were a host of small orchids. Creeping Ladies Tresses are not showy bright flowers; they are just two or three inches tall, nor are they common. These are yet another orchid that hug the ground with modesty. Perhaps the best showing on the coast for many years we found 130+ spikes.

2016 07 28 Creeping Ladies Tresses Holkham Norfolk_Z5A9925

15
Aug
12

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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