Bog Orchid (06/20/2006) I believe this to be a Bog Orchid. The image is from near the Middle Fork of the Weber River in the Uinta mountains.
Bog Orchid (06/20/2006) A bog Orchid found near the Middle Fork of the Weber River in the Uinta Mountains.
Bog Orchid (06/20/2006) Bog Orchid along SR 213 in the Uinta Mountains.
Bog Orchic (06/20/2006) A small bog orchid growing near the Ledgefork Campground at Smith and Morehouse Reservoir.
Bog Orchid (07/09/2006) A bog orchid in the Little Water area of Mill Creek Canyon.
Bog Orchid (07/09/2006) A bog orchid in Mill Creek Canyon.
Bog Orchid (07/09/2006) A bog orchid from the Little Water area of Mill Creek Canyon.
Bog Orchid Close Up (07/09/2006) A close of the Bog Orchid along the Little Water trail in Mill Creek Canyon.
Orchidaceae is a massive family of flowering plants that includes over 800 genera and estimates of up to 30,000 wild species. The number of catalogued hybrids is even larger.
The greatest diversity of orchids occur in the tropics. There are 300+ genera in the tropical Americas, but only 20 or so genera in North American. There are only 18 known species of native Orchids in Utah. Many of these are rare and getting rarer as we rapidly develop their habitat.
Although the number of orchids is massive, and this is one of the most beautiful plants on the planet; this particular gallery will probably not grow much beyond a less than inspiring collection of images of Bog Orchids.