Arethusa bulbosa (Dragon's Mouth) - photos and description











General: Beautiful, little orchid found in bogs in the boreal forest. Plants slender with a single stem. Stems glabrous.

Flowers: Flowers are bright pink, lower lip very showy, with white and yellow fringed crests. Flower measured to 5 cm long, lower petal 20 mm long by 15 mm wide. I have observed that some plants have fragrant flowers.

Leaves: When flowering, leaves consist of two sheaths clasping the stem, alternate. Plants of the Boreal Forest and Aspen Parkland notes that a single leaf on lower half of stem becomes apparent after flowering.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 30 cm, we've measured plants to 20 cm tall.

Habitat: Acidic bogs in the boreal forest.

Abundance: Very rare, ranked as an S2 (as of 2021) by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photos taken June 4th, June 12th, and June 14th in a pitcher plant bog in east-central Saskatchewan.