On June 9th I posted two local wild orchids: the fairy slipper and the lady’s slipper. Each stalk had but one flower. Here are two more local wild orchids, but here the stalks contain many flowers: they are racemes.
Each of the today’s two wild flowers is a coral root characterized by the coral-like appearance of the underground rhizome. There are three species of this type of orchid around the lake. These two were found in Kokanee Creek Park (as were the slippers posted earlier).
This small plant is a spotted coral root. The growth of the flowers from the bottom to the top of the stalk is obvious in this shot. The top three flowers are about to come out.
This picture shows two stalks of the striped coral root orchid with a few of the flowers in the two racemes.