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Piperia elongata  Rydb.
Dense flowered rein orchid,   Denseflower rein orchid
Piperia elongata is a perennial herb that is native to California.
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Genus: Piperia
Family: Orchidaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Monocot
Jepson eFlora section: monocot

Communities: Northern Coastal Scrub, Closed-cone Pine Forest, Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
JEFHabenaria elegans var. elata
PLANTSHabenaria unalascensis ssp. elata
PLANTSHabenaria unalascensis var. elata
PLANTSPiperia elegans var. elata
PLANTSPiperia lancifolia
Information about  Piperia elongata from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Jepson eFlora


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[Wikipedia] Description: Platanthera elongata is a species of orchid known by the common names denseflower rein orchid, chaparral orchid and wood rein-orchid. It is native to western North America from British Columbia and Montana to southern California, where it grows in mountain forests and scrub habitat. This orchid grows erect to about 1.3 meters in maximum height from a bulbous caudex, its stem becoming narrow toward the tip. The basal leaves are up to 30 centimeters long by 6.5 wide. Leaves higher on the stem are much reduced. The upper part of the stem is a spikelike inflorescence of many small green flowers which are sometimes densely arranged. They are sometimes faintly and variably fragrant in the evenings. The spur on each flower may be up to 1.5 centimeters long. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)

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Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 04/22/2024).