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Appalachian Excursion in 2005!

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Showy orchid!
This pretty orchid is called Galearis spectabilis, although it might be more familiar to some by the older, and according to my sources, now incorrect name of Orchis spectabilis. A funny thing about this plant--all the references I checked note that it has a pink hood and white lower petal, as shown here. However, I also found a plant with entirely pink flowers. I'd like to hear from some experts about this--are the all-pink flowers simply aged? Or are there some all-pink sports? Or does the plant turn pink after pollination to signal to pollinators that they should go elsewhere? I notice that the top few flowers portrayed above have a bit of pink on the lower petals...

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