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  1. Last year I took a trip to the northern portion of Michigan and the southern portion of Upper Peninsula. On the trip I encountered various carnivorous plants and orchids.

    Emmet County (Day 1):

    The first site was quite unique compared to similar sites I have been to. All of these plants survived in a narrow beach swale only a couple yards to a couple feet from the shores of Lake Michigan. In comparison, swales I have been to in the past were several hundreds of feet away from the shores of Lake Michigan and sheltered by tall sand dunes.

    Small colonies of Utricularia cornuta were growing terrestrially a couple yards behind the swale were the sand was moist. None of these colonies were growing as affixed aquatics as I had seen in the past.

    Utricularia intermedia was extremely common at this location.


    As the water became deeper I began to see more Utricularia macrorhiza.



    Either Platanthera aquilonis or Platanthera huronensis

    Mackinac County (Day 2):

    There were many swales similar to the one I had visited the other day but most of them were very small with no carnivorous plants or orchids. I was able to find what I believed to be some Utricularia gibba in a small pool that was actually connected to the Lake which was pretty interesting. As I traveled around, I did see some Cypripedium but all the flowers were cut unfortunately.Epipactis helleborine was very common along the forest trails.

    In a marshy area just hidden behind some trees I was greeted by a colony of Spiranthes romanzoffiana just beginning to bloom.

    Emmet County (Day 3):

    By this time I was a little frustrated because I was hoping to find some Drosera or Pinguicula vulgaris and it was just starting to drizzle outside. Upon parking I could see some Epipactis helleborine sheltered under the trees. The shores were just a short distance away and as I approached I finally found what I was looking for: Pinguicula vulgaris. A large colony was situated on the side of a pool and spilled over onto the trail heading toward the beach. There were also several colonies on the shores of Lake Michigan living amongst the rocks.




    Also among the Pinguicula vulgaris were some impressive clusters of Spiranthes cernua

  2. Very nice. What kind of Utricularia is that?


    I saw yesterday also plenty Drosera rotundifolia at a couple of places near Bussum in The Netherlands. Drosera rotundifolia is the most common CP here.


    In my town is also a population. When you get poor acid humid/wet peat or sand they can colonize it in not time. I did see that yeasterday in a naturereserve where they had restored the habitat by removing the top layer of nutriend rich soil. It was a former meadow, now lots of intersting plants growing there among several rare ones like Pilularia globulifera, wich is much rarer then D. rotundifolia. And there is also a bit of seepage in that area wich is always a good sign for special vegetation.




    Hello Alexander,


    The Utricularia in the photo is Utricularia geminiscapa, which is quite rare in this area and endangered in my state.


    As for carnivorous plants, there are not very many places where you can find Drosera or Sarracenia. There is though, quite an abundance of Utricularia.


    Thank you for sharing by the way! That must be quite interesting having an abundance of D. rotundifolia population so close to you. To my knowledge, there are only two places where one can find D. rotundifolia,  D. intermedia or S. purpurea near me (they seem to almost always appear together), one being Pinhook Bog and the other being Cowles Bog. The population at Cowles Bog is actually hidden and not very many people know about it or how to find it, not even park rangers. But in the sand dunes of Lake Michigan to the north of me, there are several swales that have been preserved from the industrialization on the lake shore. In the fall U. cornuta flowers en masse which can be quite spectacular. Here is a photo of one of the early flowers I took several days ago.



  3. Thanks for pics - it's not often we see pics from the middle of USA.


    What is in the bottom right corner of pic #4?


    I believe you're referring to the gray object in the corner? It's part of the walkway in the bog to make access easier. The Sphagnum almost absorbs the path in certain sections.

  4. Are you sure?

    Because 6 for me is looking like a young D. anglica. Because Traps are quite long compared to the width. But maybe it's a missinterpretation due to the magnification.

    But 5 should be a D. intermedia. Although very young D. anglica look similar. That's somtimes tricky. Are D. anglica known there? Because you said unfortunately no D. anglica. Not recognized, or didn't you find one?


    Best Regards,





    100%, Drosera anglica is not endemic to any part of Indiana, they are in states farther north. I apologize for the misleading camera angle.

  5. Do you have a specific reason to say that the ID is not correct? This picture was (most likely) made by Joseph Clemens judging from the legend. He grows (or grew) his plants under intense light and very wet conditions, quite different from what most other growers use. He described his conditions and posted many pictures a few years back. The posts may be deleted by now, but maybe they are still there and you can still find some information in this forum.

    My own plants are not looking identical to the ones shown on the picture, but I have no doubt that the ID is correct.


    Best regards



    I see, that would explain why the plants look so different. I guess my original thought on the label being wrong would be because this photo of Pinguicula rotundiflora made by Joseph Clemens, although the dates do differ by six years. This was a picture was also after four years of dry conditions as well. I do apologize for making that assumption.



  6. whatever it is, it looks f***ing amazing, you're obviously doing an amazing job with it


    Oh no, I'm sorry if I did not make it quite clear. I don't own the plant but I wish I did!

  7. Some time ago I found this photo of a Ping, the name given must certainly be wrong. Any thoughts on what it could be?



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