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.





8 comments:

  1. Very beautiful and very delicate orchids. Great that you can see live these plants.

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    1. Thanks, Mihaela, for commenting, and it is indeed wonderful to see these native orchids. They've become as important to us as the orchids we grow at home.

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  2. Totally agree with Mihaela: beautiful and delicate! Best regards

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    1. It was the first time that we saw this color form, so we were quite excited.

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  3. Do you happen to know if those grow down into WA and ID at all- or do you have to go all the way up into Canada to see them?

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    1. It has been reported from Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, but not from Washington. I have no county data, however, for Idaho.

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  4. Well, I will just have to start looking in my favorite panhandle bogs!

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    1. If you find it in Idaho, you will really have made a find. It is reported from that state, but there is not supporting evidence. Montana and Wyoming have some sites, but even there it is very rare and protected.

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