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What have I found?

Posted by wantonamara 8bTx (My Page) on
Fri, Aug 29, 14 at 14:38

I occasionally drop in here. Really I should come more often since I am mostly interested in the Natives of Central Texas and arid and aridISH areas.
I was getting ready to clear out some Mountain ash Juniper and while I was cutting away some barbwire yesterday evening, I found this cutie. I wish I had seen it when it was in bloom. It looks like I just missed the bloom but maybe this is what it does. It is peculiar to say the least . There seems to be NO rosette, only this peculiar segmented flesh colored and banded stem. Wether this is the color of the stem or its wilting color, I don't know. I have never seen this on my land in 12 years. We used to have cows and there was A LOT that I didn't see that they saw first. The land is ever so slowly getting better. I have thrown some dead branches around it so the wild boars and deer don't chow on it.

I would be overjoyed if I had a name for it? I would love to learn more about it.

Mystery flower  under cedars

 Mystery flower under cedars


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RE: What have I found?

  • Posted by mkull 8 SATX (My Page) on
    Fri, Aug 29, 14 at 18:26

Looks like a coralroot orchid to me. Try looking up Hexalectris Nitida and go from there. Having no rosette/leaves sure fits the bill as myco-heterotrophy (gets it food from fungi)


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RE: What have I found?

LOL, I just came back to say I FOUND IT. and you have the same answer! So I am not crazy. I found a rare orchid on my land. How cool is that. Shiny Coralroot , Glass Mountain Coralroot are some of its names.There is a spent bloom stalk that is a dead ringer (excuse the pun).

It is not far from where I built my house and it is where they dumped the soil that they had to dig to level for the house. This either got missed by two feet, OR I covered up a huge patch with the 2'high pile of dirt and this is all that wasn't covered.. I choose to think that I am lucky and missed it.SO I guess that I should not collect the seeds and try to sprout it. HMMMM> Maybe I should call the NPSOT and ask them what to do. What is correct? I never had an honest to god rare plant before. It is more common here than in New Mexico. What I read is that it disappears for years at a time, so Might never ever see it really bloom. They found it in NM at carlsbad Caverns park and in Guadalupe national Park in '77 and haven't seen it since.


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RE: What have I found?

Way cool, thanks for sharing. Looks almost extraterrestrial.


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