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This page begins and ends with September 22nd and a trip to the Southern Portion of Mt. Takao, specifically to search for the fruits (Seed Pods) of Galeola septentrionalis, a myco-heterotrophic orchid - that is, it is parasitic upon fungi. We found this orchid in bloom here in June and read on the internet about the fruits, so we decided to try and find them. We succeeded too! Click on any thumbnail to begin.

Begin September 22nd
  September 22nd! The Vernal Equinox is upon us once again. As Kazuya and I hiked in search of what we came here to find, we found this Codonopsis lanceolata and shot some photos of it. The center shot shows the interior of the flower very nicely.
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  The trail we were going to starts as a small dirt road and as we passed by this rice farm we noticed that this patch of Cluster Amaryllis (Lycoris radiata) was in front of a pretty nice background of maturing rice plants, so we stopped and took several photos of it.
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  Here is a final shot of Cluster Amaryllis (Lycoris radiata) and then in 2nd position is a shot of this farmer's drying rice straw - one or 2 of his rice fields were already harvested and he was drying this straw for future use as - what - I have no idea. In 3rd position is a shot of Impatiens noli-tangere (Yellow Impatiens) which manages to show a flower center and a flower side view in one shot.
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  Here is a weird plant. It's an Adenocaulon himalaicum Seed Head. The 2nd shot is a cropped out portion from the 1st photo.
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  The first photo in this row shows a patch of Impatiens textorii (Pink Impatiens) which was processed from a Digital Negative. The 2nd shot shows 2 butterflies or moths resting and keeping warm on a leaf.
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  Now we are getting into the area where we hope to find what we specifically came here in search of - Galeola septentrionalis - A myco-heterotrophic orchid - that is, it is parasitic upon fungi. As I said up at the top, we found this orchid in bloom here in June and read on the internet about the fruits. We wanted to see those fruits! If you want to refresh your memory about what this orchid looks like, the photos taken in June can be found HERE (new window or tab). After you glance at Rows 18 and 19 on that page, you should also scroll down to Rows 23 and 24. The first photo here is one which was taken in June of the flowers and the plant. The 2nd shot shows this same plant today. Unfortunately, this one had no fruits. Not very pretty, eh!
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  BUT - we did find some plants which had fruits! The first photo shows 1 plant, which only had 2 fruits. The 2nd shot shows a plant that had at least 7 fruits. The 3rd shot shows the same plant again, but a bit closer.
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  Here is that same plant once again with my finger for scale. The 2nd and 3rd shots in this row are shots of Salvia nipponica. The 3rd shot is even in the sun! And, that's all the best photos from this outing.
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End September 22nd, End Page 3, End September 2013's Photos
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