Thursday, September 4, 2014
Amerorchis rotundifolia fma. wardii
The Small Round-leaf Orchis, Amerorchis rotundifolia, has a number of color forms. We always look for these when we find this species, though some of the forms are quite rare and hard to find. Hiking the Berg Lake trail in the Canadian Rockies this summer, the species was finished at lower elevations but we found it in abundance higher up and among the many plants we saw we found a couple of plants that had white flowers instead of the usual pink, but that were not completely white, the lip showing faint pink markings along with a green spots at the base of the lip. This is a named form, Amerorchis rotundifolia fma. wardii.