Long-spurred Piperia

This is a native orchid that we have seen many times, but this was photographed in the fields near our house. It is the Long-spurred Piperia, Piperia or Platanthera elongata. I've posted it as part of series of photos of plants, birds, insects and wildlife that we've photographed in the area around our home

Long-spurred Piperia

This is a native orchid that we have seen many times, but this was photographed in the fields near our house. It is the Long-spurred Piperia, Piperia or Platanthera elongata. I've posted it as part of series of photos of plants, birds, insects and wildlife that we've photographed in the area around our home

Long-spurred Piperia

This is a native orchid that we have seen many times, but this was photographed in the fields near our house. It is the Long-spurred Piperia, Piperia or Platanthera elongata. I've posted it as part of series of photos of plants, birds, insects and wildlife that we've photographed in the area around our home. The inset photos show it growing in the brush and show a close-up of the flowers.

Heart-leaved Twayblade

Along Berg Lake we found hundreds of these tiny orchids, the Heart-leaved Twayblade and its relative the Northern Twayblade (see inset). The Heart-leaved Twayblade comes in two color forms, red and green (see inset) and is often no taller than 8 cm. Interestingly, this species is also found in Europe.

Eastern Fairy Slipper

Along Berg Lake and the Mumm Basin trail we found a number of orchids, these Eastern Fairy Slippers among them. Rather poorly named, the Eastern Fairy Slipper is found nearly all the way across the northern USA and Canada and is distinguished from the Western Fairy Slipper by its yellow "beard" and by the lack of markings on the lower part of the lip.

Heart-leaved Twayblade

Along Berg Lake we found hundreds of these tiny orchids, the Heart-leaved Twayblade and its relative the Northern Twayblade (see inset). The Heart-leaved Twayblade comes in two color forms, red and green and is often no taller than 8 cm.

Northern Twayblade

The Northern Twayblade is such a tiny orchid that it often goes unnoticed. We were looking for it and found it at various places along the Berg Lake trail. It is found in the northern part of Washington state but is very rare there. It is common further north.

Eastern Fairy Slipper

Along Berg Lake and the Mumm Basin trail we found a number of orchids, these Eastern Fairy Slippers among them. Rather poorly named, the Eastern Fairy Slipper is found nearly all the way across the northern USA and Canada and is distinguished from the Western Fairy Slipper by its yellow "beard" and by the lack of markings on the lower part of the lip.

Large Northern Yellow Lady's Slipper

We had seen these in Banff and now saw them again in Mount Robson Provincial Park. Backpacking up the Berg Lake trail we stopped and photographed these by Kinney Lake and again at our campground in Whitehorn. At Kinney Lake they were past their peak but at the higher elevation of Whitehorn they were perfect. They are the Large Northern Yellow Lady's Slipper, Cypripedium parviflorum var. parviflorum, very rare in Washington but common further north.
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