Monday, August 13, 2012

Ten Orchids near Greenwater

We spent Wednesday, July 25, in the Greenwater area of Washington, near Mount Rainier.  We hiked two trails and drove some Forest Service roads looking for native orchids and other wildflowers.  We were not disappointed.  We found nine different orchid species and an additional color form of one of them, though one of the nine orchids was not yet in flower and one was nearly finished and was not photographed.  They were:

Cypripedium fasciculatum, the Brownie or Clustered Lady's Slipper,
shown in another post.

Corallorhiza maculata var maculata, the Spotted Coralroot,
nearly finished and without photos.

Corallorhiza mertensiana, the Western Coralroot.

Goodyera oblongifolia, the Giant Rattlesnake Orchis, not yet in bloom.

Listera banksiana, the Northwestern Twayblade.

Listera cordata var. nephrophylla, the Western Heart-leaved Twayblade.

Listera cordata var. nephrophylla fma. rubescens,
the reddish form of the Western Heart-leaved Twayblade.

Piperia candida, the Slender White Piperia.

Platanthera stricta, the Slender Bog Orchis.

Platanthera aquilonis, the Northern Bog Orchis.


  1. Quite the haul and excellent post! Orchid season has come to its near close here in the east with only the Spiranthes spp. and Corallorhiza odontorhiza to go. Lucky you still have so much going on out there!

    1. We are getting near the end of the season as well. It's basically just the Spiranthes (mostly romanzoffiana) and the Piperias blooming now along with the ubiquitous Goodyera oblongifolia, though there are still some of the other species up at the higher elevations.
      We are going out Saturday to look for the very rare Platanthera chorisiana at a high altitude mountain lake and I was out today to photograph Epipactis helleborine, Piperia elongata and transversa and the ubiquitous Goodyera oblongifolia. P. transversa was everywhere at one of the locations I visited.

    2. Epipactis helleborine is done for this year here. I had quite a few special encounters with them this year. Looking forward to see your pictures.
      Weird your Listera cordata blooms now. It is found blooming in May here in Germany.
      Excellent picture of Platanthera aquilonis I should add.

    3. Thanks for looking and commenting, Martin. The Epipactis is interesting for several reasons. It's found in one of our State Parks but is also along a railroad track which runs through the park and suggests that it was probably distributed somehow by the railroad. It has two different color forms there, a very pale and a very dark form and interestingly the dark forms seem to bloom a bit earlier than the lighter forms. As to Listera cordata it pretty much blooms all summer here at different elevations, but that's true for many of our natives.

  2. Um espetáculo.
    Parabéns e obrigado por compartilhar

    1. Thank you for commenting and for taking the time to look at the post.

  3. Bonus bugs as well. Excellent macro on the banksiana

    1. You are the cause of the bugs in the photos, Marti. I no longer knock them off or look for plants without bugs, but instead look for plants with bugs and spiders and webs and all the other accouterments. It's all your fault.

  4. as you're happy! How many wonderful varieties!