Morong [Ophrys borealis] Morong Northern Twayblade
|Location||Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories.|
A subarctic species of cold-loving orchid, similar to L. auriculata. L. borealis occurs mostly in the Northwest, and the latter only in the Northeast, their distribution overlapping in Ontario. Typical habitat of L. borealis is commonly at high elevations in moist humus of coniferous and mixed hardwood forests, along cold streams fed by melting snow. Typical habitat locations are Fort Smith, Slave River, Hudson Bay Territory.
|Flowering Season||Late June to mid-July.|
Height 5 Ð 25 cm. Stem glabrous below the leaves, slightly pubescent above.
A rare species. May be distinguished by its narrower leaves and by its out-pointing, rather than in-clasping auricles at the base of the lip. Also, ovaries of L. borealis are pubescent, which is not true of L. auriculata.
Orchids of the Northeast
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