Yellow Fringed-orchid
Yellow Fringeless-orchid

By William T. Hathaway

Yellow Fringed-orchid (Habenaria flava) and Yellow Fringeless-orchid (Habenaria integra)

A few miles west of Supply, North Carolina, a scattered colony of the Yellow Fringeless-orchid came into view. As a member of our searching group, I gazed with amazement at this find; this species is listed as rare in the Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas. What more could a photographer want than to add a rare native orchid to his collection of color slides!

My thoughts drifted back to a book that I had read in the Hargrave Military Academy library in 1941: Thrills of a Naturalist's Quest by Raymond L. Ditmars.

In contrast to the rarer Yellow Fringeless-orchid, the Yellow Fringed-orchid is found scattered throughout North Carolina, especially in the coastal plain.