Piperia elongata


Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 28: 270. 1901.

Synonyms: Habenaria elegans var. elata Jepson Habenaria unalascensis subsp. elata (Jepson) Calder & Roy L. Taylor Habenaria unalascensis var. elata (Jepson) Correll Piperia elegans var. elata (Jepson) Luer
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Treatment on page 576. Mentioned on page 572, 575, 577.

Plants (9–)14–130 cm. Stems ± uniform toward tuberoid, 1–12 mm diam. distal to leaves; bracts 4–22. Leaves prostrate; blade 7.5–32 × 1–8.4 cm. Inflorescences sparsely to densely flowered, (3.5–)6–70 cm; rachis usually longer than peduncle; bracts 5–20 mm. Flowers green; fragrance when present nocturnal, faint, harsh to honeylike; sepals 2.4–6 × 1.1–3 mm; dorsal sepal ovate; lateral sepals spreading to recurved, ± obliquely lanceolate to oblong; petals erect-spreading, ± falcate, ovate-attenuate, 3–6 × 1.5–2.5 mm, inner margins forming U; lip becoming strongly deflexed, triangular-lanceolate, 2.1–5 × 1.2–3.4 mm; spur curved, mostly deflexed, (7–)9–15(–18) mm; viscidia broadly elliptic-ovate, 0.4–0.6 × (0.2–)0.3–0.4 mm; rostellum blunt. Capsules 4–11 mm. Seeds cinnamon brown. 2n = 42.

Phenology: Flowering May–Sep.
Habitat: Forest chaparral, dry, open sites, usually away from the immediate coast
Elevation: 0–1600 m


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B.C., Calif., Idaho, Mont., Oreg., Wash.


Plants of the California Channel Islands are smaller, have narrower viscidia than typical plants, and flower earlier (May–June).

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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James D. Ackerman +  and Randall Morgan +
Rydberg +
B.C. +, Calif. +, Idaho +, Mont. +, Oreg. +  and Wash. +
0–1600 m +
Forest chaparral, dry, open sites, usually away from the immediate coast +
Flowering May–Sep. +
Bull. Torrey Bot. Club +
Illustrated +  and Endemic +
Habenaria elegans var. elata +, Habenaria unalascensis subsp. elata +, Habenaria unalascensis var. elata +  and Piperia elegans var. elata +
Piperia elongata +
species +