Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Piperia elegans on Vancouver Island
On July 21st I went with several others under the able leadership of Dr. Hans Roemer to a high altitude bog on Vancouver Island to find Chamisso's Orchid (Platanthera chorisiana), a tiny rare species of Bog Orchid. After slogging through miles of bog we found what we were looking for.
On the way home we stopped at a park on the coast, Witty's Lagoon Regional Park to look for Piperia elegans, the Elegant Piperia. We found it there growing in the woods along the water, but many of the plants were deformed, probably by a late frost, according to Dr. Roemer.
Leaving the park we also visited Dr. Roemer's home and found the same orchid growing on property. Again, the orchid was growing in the woods in a rather dry location. It was growing with another Piperia, the Flat-spurred, Piperia transversa, but I did not get pictures of that species.