The Pseudo Orchid Of Penns Woods (#267)

If you were a chipmunk, you would still be taller than a particular wildflower in Pennsylvania that, at first glance, looks very much like an orchid.

In its natural habitat on the forest floor you could easily walk right past the Fringed Polygala, also known as GayWing or Bird on the Wing.

Can you spot it in this photo?  It’s pink, in the center of the photo and the size of a dot!  I took this photo from about 5 feet away while walking along Trinity Gorge trail at Beltzville State Park.

Polygala Paucifolia in its natural habitat

Natural habitat for Fringed Polygala 

Now here is this beautiful wildflower up close.  It stands about 3 inches tall and grows in colonies from April to May by creeping its stems along the ground.

Spring Wildflower "GayWIng"

The Pseudo Orchid of Penns Woods

The study of Ethnobotany claims this plant was used by American Indians to treat skin inflammations.

This macro photo really shows off this flower’s nickname of “Bird on the Wing”

Bird on the Wing

Bird on the Wing

Up Close and Beautiful

Up Close and Beautiful

How exquisite are the little things in life!

Ever grateful,   Annie



About TinCanTraveler

Born under a wand'rin' star.... living in my Winnebago, traveling the country, explorer/adventurer, photographer, writer, chi master, massage therapist, retired teacher/counselor, work camper. Appreciation for the freedom to do it all. Enjoying life's ultimate lessons of trust, respect, and grace.
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6 Responses to The Pseudo Orchid Of Penns Woods (#267)

  1. Sher says:

    How precious!

  2. precious find and capture! great close up shots
    nothing beats a walk in the woods

  3. Connie T says:

    That is beautiful.

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