Platanthera lacera (green fringed orchid)
Platanthera lacera (green fringed orchid)

Taken by and in member Peggy Dyson-Cobb’s field edge. Emits a fragrance at night that attracts night-flying moths that are the plant’s primary pollinators.

Sanguinaria canadensis (Bloodroot), the Upper James River Chapter flower.
Sanguinaria canadensis (Bloodroot), the Upper James River Chapter flower.

Photo by Jay Sturner, licensed under CC-BY 2.0

Claytonia virginica (Spring Beauty)
Claytonia virginica (Spring Beauty)

Claytonia virginica as identified by a local college botany professor. Although the Flora didn’t mention reddening of the sepals and pedicels in the descriptions of the two Claytonia species in VA, red plant tissues often develop under intense direct sun combined with low levels of mineral nutrients. The structure seems to fit C. virginica.  Photo: Jan Hunter Smith

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