Vacation Photos: III Plants

I am always fascinated with the ability of plants to find all kinds of places to grow. This lucky grass landed in a bag of peat moss. The question is, was the hole already there or did the plant make it?

Princess Pine looks like a sweet little Christmas tree. It is a club moss and was widely harvested for holiday wreaths and has become more rare.

I found a tiny little orchid with a flower the size of the tip of my pinky finger. I could not pinpoint the name of the plant as my plant identifier never seems to be correct.

Growing among last year’s leaves was a perfectly round ball of moss. The color and shape were amazing.

If my northern readers can identify any of the fungi, critters or plants, I would appreciate hearing from you.

9 Comments on “Vacation Photos: III Plants”

  1. Anonymous says:

    You must have spent your entire vacation taking pictures.

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    So many curiosities in the world of nature. I always am amazed how opportunistic some plants are, like once seeing a flower coming up in the crack between pavement and a building. The annual crabgrass in the bag of peat is a great example. I suspect the hole came first and a seed landed there.
    Club Moss is indeed rare and I seldom see it much in the woods in recent years.
    The orchid is non-native Epipactis helleborine (Broad-leaved Helleborine).
    Cushion Moss (Leucobryum) is one of my favorites to find in woodlands – so touchable!

  3. Nice, I love the lichen, looks like Reindeer Moss, but I don’t think it is. Orchids amaze me, you think they are so picky and then there they are in the woods.

  4. Tina says:

    Plants are most opportunistic, that’s for sure. That moss and the little orchids are quite fetching!

  5. shoreacres says:

    The club and cushion mosses are amazing. I’ve never seen anything like them, either. It’s amazing how different plants can be from one part of the country (or one part of our state) to the other.

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