Thursday, July 14, 2016

Long-spurred Piperia near Pend Oreille

While at a youth camp near Pend Oreille on the Washington Idaho border, I hiked into the hills back of the camp and found a number of Long-spurred Piperia (Piperia elongata) in bloom.  This rather common species has recently been renamed Platanthera elongata, but I've continued to use the older name since the Piperias are very distinctive.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Four Orchids in Sherman Pass

Traveling to eastern Washington, I did some hiking in the area of Sherman Pass in Colville National Forest.  I was looking for the Northern Twayblade, Listera (Neottia) borealis, a plant I had seen many times in the Canadian Rockies and never here in Washington.  Using GPS coordinates given me by a friend, I found it at the peak of its bloom right along the trail, about a dozen plants and growing with it, the Early Coralroot, Corallorhiza trifida, though that was very nearly finished blooming.  Later, continuing my trip, I stopped along the road to photograph a large colony of the Stream Orchid, Epipactis gigantea, and some Sierra Rein Orchis, Platanthera dilatata var. leucostachys, growing with them.  The star of the show, though, was the Listera, a first for me in Washington.

Northern Twayblade
Listera borealis

Early Coralroot
 Corallorhiza trifida

Stream Orchid
Epipactis gigantea

Sierra Rein Orchis
Platanthera dilatata var. leucostachys