[The Rein-orchids of Mt. Adams Country]

Elegant Piperia, Elegant Rein Orchid, Elegant Rein-orchid, Hillside Rein Orchid, Hillside Rein-orchid, Long-spurred Rein Orchid

Piperia elegans ssp. elegans

Synonyms: Habenaria elegans, Habenaria greenei, Piperia maritima, Piperia multiflora

Long spur of Elegant Rein-orchid, Hillside Rein-orchid: Piperia elegans (Synonym: Habenaria elegans)

A close-up sideview of the flower of elegant rein-orchid as seen at Catherine Creek in the Columbia River Gorge.........June 26, 2009. The spur of this species is much longer than the pedicel while the flowers are often white (sometimes with the central portion of the petals green), while the spur of the similar Alaska rein-orchid is no longer than the pedicel and the flowers are usually green.

Inflorescence of Elegant Rein-orchid, Hillside Rein-orchid: Piperia elegans (Synonym: Habenaria elegans) - Inflorescence of Elegant Rein-orchid, Hillside Rein-orchid: Piperia elegans (Synonym: Habenaria elegans)

Two close-up views of the inflorescence of elegant rein-orchid as seen at Catherine Creek in the Columbia River Gorge.........June 26, 2009. Click each photo to see an enlarged view.

Elegant Rein Orchid, Elegant Piperia, Hillside Rein Orchid, Long-spurred Rein Orchid: Piperia elegans ssp. elegans (Synonyms: Habenaria elegans, Habenaria greenei, Piperia maritima, Piperia multiflora)

The photo above shows a close-up of the inflorescence of elegant rein-orchid as seen in open woods along the Old Headquarters Road in the Klickitat State Wildlife Area..........June 28, 2009. The photos here show the upper sepal to be whitish, which is one way to identify Piperia elegans from Piperia unalascensis.

Elegant Rein Orchid, Elegant Piperia, Hillside Rein Orchid, Long-spurred Rein Orchid: Piperia elegans ssp. elegans (Synonyms: Habenaria elegans, Habenaria greenei, Piperia maritima, Piperia multiflora) - A portion of the inflorescence of Elegant Rein Orchid, Elegant Piperia, Hillside Rein Orchid, Long-spurred Rein Orchid: Piperia elegans ssp. elegans (Synonyms: Habenaria elegans, Habenaria greenei, Piperia maritima, Piperia multiflora)

Elegant rein orchid blooming on open, grassy slopes at Catherine Creek, Columbia River Gorge...........June 21, 2010.

Elegant Rein Orchid, Elegant Piperia, Hillside Rein Orchid, Long-spurred Rein Orchid: Piperia elegans ssp. elegans (Synonyms: Habenaria elegans, Habenaria greenei, Piperia maritima, Piperia multiflora) - Elegant Rein Orchid, Elegant Piperia, Hillside Rein Orchid, Long-spurred Rein Orchid: Piperia elegans ssp. elegans (Synonyms: Habenaria elegans, Habenaria greenei, Piperia maritima, Piperia multiflora)

Elegant rein orchid blooming near the South Klickitat Breaks Road, Klickitat Wildlife Area............June 30, 2014.

Paul Slichter