Orchids of the Southern Appalachian Mountains

Event Details

  • Date: February 23, 2017 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Location: Landrum, South Carolina
  • Host: Pacolet Area Conservancy
  • Address: Landrum, SC Public Library, 111 Asbury Dr, Landrum, South Carolina 28356
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Photographer, Jim Fowler will present.

The Southern Appalachian Mountains region is recognized as one of the most floristically diverse areas in North America. Its rich forests and wet, boggy meadows provide the perfect environment for dozens of species of our colorful and mysterious native orchids. Stretching from West Virginia to northern Alabama, the rolling hillsides are host to orchid flowers from March to November.

Many of our native orchid species are quite small, and some of them would not be recognized as orchid species except by a trained naturalist. Learning to identify a few of the more common species will add richness to any hike in the woods.

While there are only three of our native orchid species that keep their green leaves through the winter, many of those that lose their leaves in the fall will leave their characteristic seed capsules behind for identification. If you know where to look, it is surprisingly easy to find many of the more common orchid species even on roadside margins within easy reach for photography and study.

Come join us for an in-depth look into the jewels of Southern Appalachian flora.

Additional Information

This program is best for adults and children who listen like adults. Families welcome too.

This program is made possible by a Free Community Events grant from the Polk County Community Foundation.