Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Canada's flowers

Grass pink
The biological name is Calopogon tuberosus. This is found in Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. The flowering season is from mid June to August. The flowers are large and the range of colors found is from pink to rose-purple to magenta-crimson. These flowers are rarely white. The fragrance of these flowers is similar to roses. The dorsal sepal is narrow, oblong and acute. The lateral petals have often a tight constriction.
Fairy slipper
The biological name is Calypso bulbosa. This is located in Northwest Territories, Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. The flowering season is May, June and July. The flowers are showy and solitary. The petals and sepals spread laterally. They are pinkish purple in color and rarely whitish.
Snow Orchid
The biological name is Cephalanthera austinae. It is found primarily in British Columbia. The flowering season is from June to August. This is found mainly in the dimly lit virgin coniferous forests. The petals and sepals of the flowers are not widely spread. The inside half portion of the constricted lip cannot be easily seen. The outer segment of the lip is in the shape of a heart but is blunt and broad.
Large Coralroot
The biological name is Corallorhiza maculata. This can be found in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. The flowering season is from early June to early August. The color of the flowers is just like the upper portion of the stem. More at florist canada
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