Friday, July 22, 2011

Near Plain, Washington

 After leaving Derby Canyon early in the morning on the 10th of June, we went on to the town of Plain, north of Leavenworth.  We visited a site outside the town looking for the rare Clustered Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium fasciculatum), also known as the Brownie Lady's Slipper.

We quickly found a lot of the Western Spotted Coralroot (Corallorhiza maculata var. occidentalis) in the woods.  They seem to be very abundant this year and this site was no exception.  We searched everywhere for the Lady's Slipper, however, and in the end only found four plants.

We spent quite some time photographing them, not an easy task on the steep slopes where they grow and also took a few other pictures of the area and the wildflowers there before going on to our final hiking destination, Chiwaukum Creek, west of Leavenworth.

We had also been to the area about a month earlier and took a few pictures then as well, especially of the Oregon Anemones (Anemone oregana) in bloom.  At that time we found some of the native orchids growing in the woods but not yet blooming.


  1. The corral roots are gorgeous - I have encountered non-spotted, yellow, pink, white and the typical red/purple at Lost Lake just east of Snoqualmie summit. I have yet to view Cyp. fasciculatum in the wild, but have been told it grows near Mission creek out of Cashmere. I would love to snap some photos for my Calphoto's collection.

    1. Thanks for the comments. Lost Lake is a place we are going to have to explore. The Cyp. fasciculatum is rare and very hard to find even if you know where to look. Hope you are able to see and photograph it. If you are in the area you should join our Native Orchid Society.


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