Wild orchid species

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  1. wrygrass2

    wrygrass2 Active Member 10 Years

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    Hi,

    This plant I used to see on a frequent dog walk I took in the past (2000) but is no longer. One day I found a hole where the plant used to be. I believe it to be a rein orchid species but am not sure which or even if it is one. It grew to be 2-3' tall and had two basal leaves, as well as some (1-3)much reduced cauline (stem) leaves on the lowest part of the stem. It ranged in color from greenish white to white and on several days (2 out of the 30 it was in bloom) emitted a strong odor. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated.

    Harry
     

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  2. mr.shep

    mr.shep Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Look on this page and tell me if the size of the
    flower you saw is right for Piperia candida -
    Slender White Piperia? Not being able to see
    into the mouth of the flower makes it a little
    tough but at least I can get you a little closer
    if I am in the ballpark for flower size and in
    fragrance.

    Native Orchids of Washington-Genus Piperia


    Jim
     
  3. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Basal leaves would certainly point to Piperia species.
     
  4. wrygrass2

    wrygrass2 Active Member 10 Years

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    Hi,

    The last time I looked at this photo was in 2003 and at that time somewhere on line I found a site that stated if it had an odor then it was not P. unalascensis. But I notice on the website that Mr. Shep directed me too it lists the odor as being unpleasant which it surely was, even thought it only lasted a short time. So I thank you for the link and pinning it down for me. The photos and description P. unalascensis on the above website match my memories of the plant.

    Harry
     

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