This photoset is from a hike in the Wharton State Forest along the Mullica and Batsto rivers. We set out searching for Platanthera species and were not disappointed; there were dozens of brilliant white Platanthera blephariglottis to be found. There were a few Platanthera cristata, but they were already past their prime due to the prolonged heat wave this summer. We also saw zillions of Gymnadeniopsis clavellata and a single late-flowering Pogonia ophioglossoides. The scenery was spectacular, and there were bog asphodel blooming, too. What a hike!
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