I was out on Monday, May 16th, to do some wildflower and orchid photography on Whidbey Island. I went first to Fort Casey State Park to photograph the Golden Paintbrush (Castilleja levisecta) there. This beautiful Paintbrush is found in only eight locations in Washington and though originally native to Oregon and British Columbia has been extirpated in both areas, though some efforts are being make to reintroduce it.
Finished at Fort Casey State Park, I visited several other locations and found the Spotted Coralroot near the end of its bloom season at one location. The Spotted Coralroot (Corallorhiza maculata var. maculata) is found across the USA and Canada and differs from the Western Spotted Coralroot (Corallorhiza maculata var. occidentalis) in its broader range, generally smaller and more cupped flowers and later blooming period.
Corallorhiza maculata var. maculata
Corallorhiza maculata var. maculata fma. rubra
At the same location I found the Ozette Coralroot (Corallorhiza maculata var. ozettensis) just starting to bloom. This unusual and unspotted variety of the Spotted Coralroot was originally found on the Olympic Peninsula but has been found since at different locations on Whidbey Island, in eastern Washington, in Oregon and in British Columbia and on Vancouver Island. Wherever found it is quite uniform in color and shape.
Corallorhiza maculata var. ozettensis
Corallorhiza mertensiana fma. pallida