Saturday, April 25, 2015

Third Orchid of the Season and Others

Was out several times the last couple weeks to do some hiking and orchid hunting.  Found a few Fairy Slippers, Calypso bulbosa var. occidentalis, and Western Spotted Coralroots, Corallorhiza maculaa var. occidentalis, and also found the third orchid of the season, another Coralroot, the Striped Coralroot, Corallorhiza striata var. striata.The Coralroots all seem to be very few in number this season, perhaps as a result of a warm winter and an early spring, and this was no exception.  They were fewer in one location and there were almost none of them in the second location.

Corallorhiza striata var. striata
(starting to bloom)

Corallorhiza maculata var. occidentalis
(nearing their peak at lower elevations)

Calypso bulbosa var. occidentalis
(nearly finished at lower elevations)

Calypso bulbosa var occidentalis fma. nivea
(one more still blooming)


  1. Lovely. Calypso is a 'bucket list' orchid for me.

    1. Thanks, Prem. If you are out here some spring, I'll show you all the Calypsos you could possibly want.