Wild Orchids in Texas – Dichromanthus cinnabarinus in the United States are a very uncommon sight. While on a trip to Big Bend National Park in the Summer of 2007, I came across a splendid specimen of one of the native Wild Orchids in Texas. It is commonly known as Scarlet ladies’ tresses. It is a rare perennial found on open slopes, in small pockets of shallow soil mostly surrounded by slick limestone. This species undergoes flowering from July-October on rocky mountain slopes, grassy hills and canyon meadows, often in limestone. It is found about 1800 meters in Texas, Mexico, and in Central America (Guatemala). This specimen was in the peak of its flowering cycle and quite beautiful. Due to the rare and delicate nature of this species, I am not at liberty to divulge the location. Just enjoy the photos and know that Big Bend is a wild and special place.
UPDATE to Wild Orchids in Texas – Dichromanthus cinnabarinus. I recently returned to the area and was pleased to discover additional orchids. On a trip in September 2016 I hiked to the location and found seven specimens in full bloom. These new photos are posted in my trip report and can be found here – Chisos Mountains Summer Rain. I will continue to check out this area in subsequents years, and I have a few other places to check where it is rumored there are more Dichromanthus cinnabarinus.