Saturday, July 30, I was down on Whidbey Island at Deception Pass State Park to look for several orchids there. I found three Piperias and one Goodyera in bloom. Goodyera oblongifolia, the Giant Rattlesnake Orchis, was just starting to bloom. The three Piperias were at different stages of their bloom seasons. Piperia elegans, the Elegant Piperia, was nearly finished. Piperia transversa, the Flat-spurred Piperia, was still good but past its prime, and Piperia elongata, the Long-spurred Piperia was at the peak of its bloom. The latter species was also more abundant than usual, with hundreds of plants and several large colonies. It should be noted that all the Piperias are now reclassified as Platantheras, though I continue to use the old names since they are so distinctive.
Giant Rattlesnake Orchis