One trip only this week and that a bit hurried since we had a grandson and friend with us and had to keep them entertained while trying to take photographs. The weather was not very cooperative either with a lot of rain and cool weather, but we did get so see some of our native orchids.
The first stop was in the Columbia River gorge where we hiked to see the Phantom Orchids, Cephalanthera austiniae, and the Spotted and Vreeland's Coralroots (Corallorhiza maculata var. maculata and Corallorhiza striata var. vreelandii) in bloom.
The Phantom Orchid is the only species of its genus found here in North America. The other species are all Eurasian. It is also the only species in its genus that is mycotrophic, without leaves or chlorophyll, and though quite rare is found in abundance at the site we visited.
In the same area we did find some Vreeland's Coralroots still blooming but most of the Coralroots were finished there. We looked for the Striped Coralroot which we had found there in the past but found none. It has larger and more open flowers than Vreeland's.
We also found in that area two color forms of the Spotted Coralroot, the red-stemmed form, Corallorhiza maculata var. maculata fma. rubra, and the yellow-stemmed form, Corallorhiza maculata var. maculata fma. flavida, the latter quite rare and hard to find.
On our way home we visited a site on east slopes of the Cascades where hundreds of Mountain Lady's Slippers, Cypripedium montanum, are blooming. I had been there several weeks earlier and had found the dark forms blooming, but not the flowers that are more greenish.