|Eastern Fringed Prairie Orchid|
Wow, today I had two botanical discoveries! I finally found the ultra rare Eastern Fringed Prairie Orchid at Ojibway Park which is a plant that I've been wanting to see for years. It's an endangered plant [link] and I was able to see it at the very end of its flowering stage.
Another fantastic discovery that I made today was this Sullivant's Milkweed - another rare plant found in prairie habitat. This plant is similar to common milkweed, but has pink central vein in the plant's leaves and two-tone colours for its flowers.
I have found several other interesting flowers while looking for the orchid above. I've done alot of reading and researching online as well as referencing a botany guide I was recently given. A cool bug that I found recently is the Candy-striped Leafhopper. I will let the photos below tell the story of some of my other recent nature highlights.
|Wood Lily or Prairie Lily|
|Northern Broken Dash?|
|Black Dash Skipper|