We found this pretty little orchid, the Showy Orchis, growing near a creek. This orchid could easily go unnoticed as its flowers barely rise above the forest floor. Each time we see one of these native orchids it's like a little surprise because they are small enough you are almost on top of them before you see them. Speaking of surprises... the Showy Orchis has a surprise gift for its bumble bee visitors (I'll explain later).
Here is a photo of the Showy Orchis (Galearis spectabilis) growing under a Maidenhair Fern.
Yes, our native orchids each have a bee-tricking apparatus that functions as part of the complicated orchid pollination process. The Showy Orchis is no exception, despite its unassuming size and habitat.
Next up.... a look at the Showy Orchis and its pollination mechanism