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Native and Wild Plants: European Marsh orchid in Newfoundland

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St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)

November 28, 2004
11:20 PM

Post #1169148

There is only one native Dactylorhiza orchid in North America, growing in Alaska, but we have two introduced ones in Newfoundland. This pictured one was found about 10 years ago growing within the St. John's city limits, yet we were not even aware it was here! We have no idea how long it has been here or how this Irish native got here. We are not even sure of the species. There are about 500 plants persent on one seepage-slope, so they must have been here awhile. Lovely flowers and a welcome addition to our flora despite the fact its really just a weed!

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Cape Cod, MA
(Zone 7a)

December 1, 2004
3:18 AM

Post #1172824

What a beautiful weed though!
My grandparents came from Great Burin.
Brookeville, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 6, 2005
3:21 AM

Post #1223514

If you ever want to clear that area of weeds Todd... I'll be glad to take them! What a gorgeous plant!
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 6, 2005
4:42 AM

Post #1223615

Maybe St. Brendan brought it!
United Kingdom

January 8, 2005
12:10 PM

Post #1227582

It's very similar to the Northern Marsh Orchid that grows in Coatham Marsh, about 10 miles from my home. They're very particular about soil type I believe. It's pretty!

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