Calypso bulbosa and associates, Banff National Park, mid-June

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Lori S.
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Calypso bulbosa and associates, Banff National Park, mid-June

My sister visited and we stayed the weekend in Banff National Park, sight-seeing and botanizing the various roadside sites...
Calypso bulbosa was starting into bloom in the Lake Louise area at montane elevations - unfortunately, we didn't see the thousands of Calypso flowers that I promised my sister (the bloom was incredible a couple of years ago!) but we saw enough, nonetheless, to feel quite privileged! :)
It was early for orchids, this year, though my sister also spotted a couple of round-leaved orchids (Orchis rotundifolia) at another spot - I'll have to ask her to send pix, as my camera had mysteriously quit working by that time (I think I have one bad battery, of the two). >:(

1 - 4, 6) Calypso bulbosa
5) We also found a couple of white-flowered individuals in one little colony.

Lori S.
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Some other plants we enjoyed seeing, these from the boggy shores of Hector Lake...
1) Rubus arcticus ssp. acaulis - one rose-coloured flower is just starting to open amidst the beautiful fresh foliage.
2 - 5) Thought they were violets at first glance... but with a closer look, we realized there were nice little colonies of one of our common insectivorous plants, butterwort, Pinguicula vulgaris, in bloom there too.  The last photo shows the little pale green rosettes that are often the most noticeable feature of this little plant.
6) Pedicularis groenlandica is very attractive even before the charming elephant-head flowers emerge!

A few more to follow tomorrow...

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Hoy
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I have always wished to find Calypso bulbosa in the woods here. It is though very uncommon and you have to go far east in Norway (or to Sweden and Russia) to find them. The Norwegian name is "Norne".

Rubus arcticus (Åkerbær) too is a native plant but in the north of Norway. I have never seen this one wild either. A cross between R. arcticus and R. stellatus (R. x stellarcticus) is grown as a garden berry.

The "Tettegras" Pinguicula vulgaris is a common plant here particularly in the mountains. The leaves have been used in milk to "tette melka"  = to make the milk sour and cheese-like (do not know the English term here!).               

Pedicularis is a genus  we often encounter here but not P. groenlandica! A pretty plant!                       

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Lori S.
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Some scenery and more plants...
1, 2) The highway view of Crowfoot Glacier with Bow Lake in the foreground, and a zoom-in to show small avalanches/sloughs on Crowfoot Glacier
3) Snow at highway elevation at Bow Summit, ~2070m.
4 - 8 ) Just south of Bow Summit, a broad glacial valley - the headwaters of the Bow River, which is just a narrow creek at this point - that contains a rich subalpine meadow with dense growths of Trollius albiflorus, Claytonia lanceolata, and various knee-high Salix (which I am hopeless at identifying!) that were in bloom and just starting to leaf out.
9 - 10) Trollius albiflorus

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Lori S.
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1 - 3) Claytonia lanceolata
4) Scenery
5 - 8 ) Beautiful Salix catkins - densely white until the colourful stamens/pistils(?) emerge
9-10) These shots show the terrific density of flowers - wonderful!

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Boland
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Great show Lori!  It has been so long since I've been to Calgary in June.  However, I will be there in mid-July!  I am hoping to make a trip to Glacier and the Highway to the Sun (or whatever name it goes by)...should be peak of alpine season then.  Hopefully we will get a chance to meet and have an extended coffee!

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

IMYoung
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Lori... thanks for sharing these super plants with us.
I am greatly enamoured of Calypso bulbosa and the thought of them in any quantity is causing hyperventilation!  :)

M.Y.

Ian  and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)

Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
Zone 8a

www.srgc.net

Lori S.
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You're welcome.  A few last photos...
1) Orchis rotundifolia
2, 3) Petasites spp., just in flower at the boggy edge of Bow Lake
4, 5) Dryas drummondii just starting to flower, in the usual roadside mats
6) Also, the earliest Dryas octopetala...
7) Dodecatheon pulchellum(?) - the only photo of many that turned out!  
8  ) And a final Calypso bulbosa

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Hoy
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Lots of nice pictures, Lori! You have once more convinced me that I have to take a long holiday in Canada and look for myself!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Mark McD
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Lori, do you grow Dryas drummondii in the garden?  The close-up views of the yellow flowers with red hairs sure look attractive.  have you ever found natural hybrids between it and octopetala?

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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IMYoung
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McDonough wrote:

 The close-up views of the yellow flowers with red hairs sure look attractive.  have you ever found natural hybrids between it and octopetala?

The natural hybrid between D. drummondii and D. octopetala is, of course,
called Dryas x suendermannii and there is a super photo of it here in the NARGS wiki by Todd Boland...
 http://www.nargs.org/nargswiki/tiki-browse_image.php?imageId=453

Ian  and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)

Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
Zone 8a

www.srgc.net

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