Wednesday, April 15, 2015
More Fairy Slippers and Coralroots
We were on the Olympic Peninsula for a few days the week of April 5-11 and visited a number of places, though not all of them by way of looking for orchids. Some of our time was spent enjoying the wonderful scenery of the Olympics and in one case we were looking for a rare parasitic plant called the Vancouver Ground Cone, Boschniakia hookeri. We did find Fairy Slippers, Calypso bulbosa var. occidentalis, at a couple of locations and a few of the Western Spotted Coralroots, Corallorhiza maculata var. occidentalis, were starting to bloom also. We've found no other native orchids blooming yet. The leaves in the last photo are of the Giant Rattlesnake Orchis, Goodyera oblongifolia, which will not be be blooming until mid-summer or later.