Category Archives: wildflowers

Western larch

  Come early November, I am often wont to offer an encomium to the western larch. Sometimes the tree is shown covering the mountainside, this time only a portion of an individual appears. The western larch grows only on the … Continue reading

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Gibson errors

  We drove to Gibson Lake. Gibson Lake is one of the many satellite alpine lakes that hang over Kootenay Lake. On the way there, I was asked two questions: Might we see Indian Paintbrush? Might we see a Hoary … Continue reading

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Giant Helleborine

  The Giant Helleborine is a wild orchid that grows in western North America. It is found in a small┬áportion of southern British Columbia, yet it is not particularly common. Indeed, it takes some effort to locate even a single … Continue reading

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Mountain lady’s slipper

  The mountain lady’s slipper is the third species of wild orchid found in Kokanee Creek Park this year. The earlier two were the fairy slipper and the striped coralroot. A lone mountain lady’s slipper sits in the forest.  

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Striped coralroot

  The striped coralroot is a wild orchid that is both uncommon and widespread. Favouring the deep forest floor that little sunlight reaches, it obtains its energy, not as a result of photosynthesis, but through fungi. Indeed, the plant lacks … Continue reading

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Beauteous deceit

  So far, I have photographed six species of wild orchids in Kokanee Creek Park. Always the first to bloom is the beautiful fairy slipper. It has two varieties, eastern and western; the Park gets each. As with all flowers, … Continue reading

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Ghosts aplenty

  Each July and August, I keep an eye out for Indian pipe, a flower also known as the ghost plant. Only now and then will I encounter the strange plant that lacks chlorophyll. It has carved out an ecological … Continue reading

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Upland flowers

  At this time of year, mountain meadows are awash with wildflowers. Here are four of the myriad species. The pearly everlasting gains its name both from its appearance, and from the ease with which it can be dried for … Continue reading

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Indian pipe

  The season of indian pipe is upon us again. That it has appeared this early in the summer may be a result of our recent rain and cloud. Although it looks like a fungus, indian pipe is indeed a … Continue reading

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Mountain lady’s slipper

  This is the third wild orchid found in the last few weeks. The first was the fairy slipper; second was the striped coralroot; this time it is the mountain lady’s slipper. Two mountain lady’s slippers in the forest.  

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