Thursday, April 14, 2016

Three Orchids on Whidbey and Fidalgo Islands

Monday, April 11, we went to Whidbey and Fidalgo Islands (both driveable) to look for orchids and spring wildflowers.  We found more Western Fairy Slippers and in some locations found them near the end of their bloom season.  Among them we found two white flowers and we found two other orchids.  The Western Heart-leaved Twayblade we found at one location where we had found it before, but only two plants and both the reddish form of the species.  We usually find this species blooming later in abundance in the mountains, but this location is near the coast and near sea level.  We also found the Western Spotted Coralroots beginning to bloom at two locations.

Western Fairy Slipper
Calypso bulbosa var. occidentalis

a very pale form and a flower that is pollinated and finished

White Western Fairy Slipper
Calypso bulbosa var. occidentalis fma. nivea

Western Heart-leaved Twayblade
Listera cordata var. nephrophylla fma. rubescens

Western Spotted Coralroot 
Corallorhiza maculata var. occidentalis

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