Grass Pink Orchid (Calopogon tuberosus)
It is wild, native, and beautiful.
A brilliant pink to pale purple cluster of 2 to 10 flowers, standing 4 to 22 inches tall. What a sight on the somewhat pale background of the marl fen.
We also saw many Showy Lady's Slipper another orchid that thrives here. These are large (8 to 36 inches), showy, orchids with rough leaves that are heavily veined.
Showy Lady's Slipper (Cyripedium reginaw) Orchid Family
And one more orchid
Loesel's Twayblade (Liparis loeselii). This orchid is small and easily hidden, being a yellow green color, it blends well with nearby plants. I have found this orchid at Bass River Recreation Area also.
We also saw hundreds of Pitcher Plants flowering. Plants are 12 to 20 inches tall, flowers solitary. The colors range from deep purple to red, green, and yellow.
Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia purpurea)
The structure of the flower is so unique, below is a look inside.
Then there are the leaves of this fascinating plant. Leaves are 4-10 inches long, usually purple veined, lined on the inside with downward pointing hairs. Pitcher plants are carnivorous plants.