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Galearis spectabilis (L.) Raf.

(Showy Orchis)

Known to occur at only one location in Muskoka, along the Severn River just south of Sparrow Lake. About 20 plants were found in a patch of mature forest dominated by Eastern Hemlock, Yellow Birch and Sugar Maple. Growing in full shade in mesic clay loam with Large-flowered White Trillium, Canada Mayflower, White Baneberry, Hairy Solomon's-seal and Smooth Sarsaparilla. A large patch of Maidenhair Fern was found nearby. Should be looked for elsewhere along the Severn River, especially since it has been found just below Little Chute, in nearby Simcoe County. Blooms in late May and early June. Very rare in Muskoka and threatened by road building and housing development.

( TRT )


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Muskoka Flora - Index : Monocot Group : Orchidaceae : Galearis spectabilis

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