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







2 comments:

  1. Super little series. The first set set I find unusual, yet outstanding, in it's form. Love them all. Always glad you share.

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