This photoset is from a spectacular day trip to the Pine Barrens. We started off in a swamp in Bryne State Forest, where we found a couple dozen Platanthera cristata and a handful of Platanthera blephariglottis flowering. I had high hopes for finding their hybrid in this mixed population, but all the colored flowers were decidedly orange. Next, we proceeded to wander the Whitesbog area but were unable to locate the plants we were searching for. Finally, we finished off with a couple roadside stands of Platanthera orchids. The first location had nearly 600 Platanthera blephariglottis (!!), and the second had not only the white fringed and orange crested orchids, but several blooming individuals of the Canby's hybrid fringed orchid, Platanthera ×canbyi, which is the twenty-sixth orchid I've seen in New Jersey.
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