Monday, June 29, 2015
Fifteenth Orchid of the Season
This species is reputed to grow in Washington, in the northern counties east of the Cascades, but it is at the southern limit of its range there and we have not seen it in the state though we continue to look for it. These were photographed in Alaska on a recent vacation trip there. We saw them in several different locations in Kenai Fjords National Park and Denali National Park. The species is small, less than a foot (30 cm) tall with whitish-green flowers. It is easily recognizable by its single leaf at the base of the plant and it's rather oddly shaped flowers, which, though rather inconspicuous, are quite beautiful when observed closely.