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 (Platanthera elongata) in bloom.  This rather common species has recently been renamed - it was Piperia elongata, but I prefer 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, 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
Neottia borealis

Early Coralroot
 Corallorhiza trifida

Stream Orchid
Epipactis gigantea

Sierra Rein Orchis
Platanthera dilatata var. leucostachys