[The Rein-orchids of Mt. Adams Country]

Alaska Rein-orchid, Short-spurred Piperia, Short-spurred Rein Orchid, Slender-spire Orchid

Piperia unalascensis

(Synonym: Habenaria unalaschensis)

Close-up of a portion of the inflorescence of Alaska Rein Orchid, Alaskan Rein Orchid, Short-spurred Bog Orchid, Short-spurred Piperia, Slender-spire Orchid: Piperia unalascensis (Synonyms: Habenaria unalascencis, Habenaria schischmareffiana, Platanthera cooperi, Platanthera unalascensis, Spiranthes unalascensis)

The photo above shows a close-up sideview of the flowers of Alaska rein-orchid as seen along the River Route Road in the upper Klickitat River Canyon............................June 22, 2008. The spur measures 2-3 mm long, or much shorter than that of the similar elegant rein-orchid (Piperia elegans ssp. elegans).

Locations on Mt. Adams where this species has been seen:

1. Alaska rein-orchid may be seen along Cascade Creek in the vicinity of Salt Creek on the southern slopes of Mt. Adams.

2. It has also been seen along the upper Klickitat River.


Flower of Alaska Rein Orchid, Alaskan Rein Orchid, Short-spurred Bog Orchid, Short-spurred Piperia, Slender-spire Orchid: Piperia unalascensis (Synonyms: Habenaria unalascencis, Habenaria schischmareffiana, Platanthera cooperi, Platanthera unalascensis, Spiranthes unalascensis)

The photo above shows a close-up of the flower of Alaska rein-orchid as seen along the River Route Road in the upper Klickitat River Canyon............................June 22, 2008.

Inflorescence of Alaska Rein Orchid, Alaskan Rein Orchid, Short-spurred Bog Orchid, Short-spurred Piperia, Slender-spire Orchid: Piperia unalascensis (Synonyms: Habenaria unalascencis, Habenaria schischmareffiana, Platanthera cooperi, Platanthera unalascensis, Spiranthes unalascensis)

The photo above shows a close-up of the inflorescence of Alaska rein-orchid as seen along the River Route Road in the upper Klickitat River Canyon............................June 22, 2008.

Close-up of a flower of Alaska Rein Orchid, Alaskan Rein Orchid, Short-spurred Bog Orchid, Short-spurred Piperia, Slender-spire Orchid: Piperia unalascensis (Synonyms: Habenaria unalascencis, Habenaria schischmareffiana, Platanthera cooperi, Platanthera unalascensis, Spiranthes unalascensis) - Close-up sideview of the flowers of Alaska Rein Orchid, Alaskan Rein Orchid, Short-spurred Bog Orchid, Short-spurred Piperia, Slender-spire Orchid: Piperia unalascensis (Synonyms: Habenaria unalascencis, Habenaria schischmareffiana, Platanthera cooperi, Platanthera unalascensis, Spiranthes unalascensis) - Raceme of Alaska Rein Orchid, Alaskan Rein Orchid, Short-spurred Bog Orchid, Short-spurred Piperia, Slender-spire Orchid: Piperia unalascensis (Synonyms: Habenaria unalascencis, Habenaria schischmareffiana, Platanthera cooperi, Platanthera unalascensis, Spiranthes unalascensis) - Stem leaf or bract of Alaska Rein Orchid, Alaskan Rein Orchid, Short-spurred Bog Orchid, Short-spurred Piperia, Slender-spire Orchid: Piperia unalascensis (Synonyms: Habenaria unalascencis, Habenaria schischmareffiana, Platanthera cooperi, Platanthera unalascensis, Spiranthes unalascensis)

Additional close-ups of the flowers of Alaska rein-orchid as seen in open woods at a DNR rock quarry atop the ridge dividing the Dairy and Cougar Creek drainages..................July 10, 2005.

Paul Slichter