Monday, August 8, 2016

An Alien Species in Larrabee State Park

Friday, August 5, I visited Larrabee State Park south of Bellingham to see how the Broad-leaved Helleborines were doing.  Due, I suspect, to the dry summer we've had some were already finished and others were just starting to bloom and in one location there were very few to found, though they are usually abundant in that location.  Epipactis is not a New World native but comes from Europe.  It has, however, established itself across the USA and Canada.  Here are the photos I was able to take. 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Three Piperias and a Goodyera at Deception Pass

Saturday, July 30, I was down on Whidbey Island at Deception Pass State Park to look for several orchids there.  I found three Piperias and one Goodyera in bloom.  Goodyera oblongifolia, the Giant Rattlesnake Orchis, was just starting to bloom.  The three Piperias were at different stages of their bloom seasons.  Piperia elegans, the Elegant Piperia, was nearly finished.  Piperia transversa, the Flat-spurred Piperia, was still good but past its prime, and Piperia elongata, the Long-spurred Piperia was at the peak of its bloom.  The latter species was also more abundant than usual, with hundreds of plants and several large colonies.  It should be noted that all the Piperias are now reclassified as Platantheras, though I continue to use the old names since they are so distinctive.

Giant Rattlesnake Orchis
Goodyera oblongifolia

Elegant Piperia
Piperia elegans

Flat-spurred Piperia
Piperia transversa

Long-spurred Piperia
Piperia elongata

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Long-spurred Piperia near Pend Oreille

While at a youth camp near Pend Oreille on the Washington Idaho border, I hiked into the hills back of the camp and found a number of Long-spurred Piperia (Piperia elongata) in bloom.  This rather common species has recently been renamed Platanthera elongata, but I've continued to use the older name since the Piperias are very distinctive.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Four Orchids in Sherman Pass

Traveling to eastern Washington, I did some hiking in the area of Sherman Pass in Colville National Forest.  I was looking for the Northern Twayblade, Listera (Neottia) borealis, a plant I had seen many times in the Canadian Rockies and never here in Washington.  Using GPS coordinates given me by a friend, I found it at the peak of its bloom right along the trail, about a dozen plants and growing with it, the Early Coralroot, Corallorhiza trifida, though that was very nearly finished blooming.  Later, continuing my trip, I stopped along the road to photograph a large colony of the Stream Orchid, Epipactis gigantea, and some Sierra Rein Orchis, Platanthera dilatata var. leucostachys, growing with them.  The star of the show, though, was the Listera, a first for me in Washington.

Northern Twayblade
Listera borealis

Early Coralroot
 Corallorhiza trifida

Stream Orchid
Epipactis gigantea

Sierra Rein Orchis
Platanthera dilatata var. leucostachys