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Piperia unalascensis
ALASKA PIPERIA, SLENDER-SPIRE ORCHID


Higher Taxonomy
Family: OrchidaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key
Common Name: ORCHID FAMILY
Habit: Perennial herb, terrestrial [growing on other pls], non-green (nutrition from association of roots with fungi) or green, generally from rhizomes or tubers with few to many fleshy to slender roots; cauline leaves +- reduced to sheathing stem bracts or not. Leaf: 1--many, basal to cauline, linear to +- round, alternate to opposite (if only 1 pair), generally sessile. Inflorescence: flowers 1--many, spike or raceme, bracted. Flower: bisexual, bilateral, in bud generally rotating 180° by twisting ovary (position of parts indicated after twisting); sepals generally 3, generally free, generally petal-like, uppermost generally erect, lateral with chin- or spur-like projection (mentum) or not; petals 3, 1 (lip) different, spurred or not; stamens generally 1 (3 in Cypripedium, 2 functional, 1 a staminode), fused with style, stigma into column, pollen generally lumped, generally removed as unit by insect; ovary inferior, 1-chambered, placentas 3, parietal, stigma 3 lobed, generally under column tip. Fruit: capsule. Seed: many, minute.
Genera In Family: +- 800 genera, +- 25000 species: especially tropics (worldwide except Antarctica). Many cultivated for ornamental, especially Cattleya, Cymbidium, Epidendrum, Oncidium, Paphiopedilum; Vanilla planifolia Andrews fruits used to flavor food. Note: Platanthera may be paraphyletic without inclusion of Piperia (Bateman et al. 2009 Ann Bot 104:431--445); study needed.
eFlora Treatment Author: Ronald A. Coleman, Dieter H. Wilken & William F. Jennings, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Ronald A. Coleman, Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: PiperiaView DescriptionDichotomous Key


Common Name: PIPERIA
Habit: Plant 10--130 cm; tubers, 1--4 cm, generally +- round; stem bracts lance-linear to ovate. Leaf: at flower 0 or +- basal, not in rosette, 2--5, linear to widely oblanceolate. Inflorescence: spike or raceme, generally cylindric, flowers not in spiral; flower bract generally < flower. Flower: fragrance, when present, generally at night; perianth white to green; sepals generally 2--5 mm, 1--2 mm wide, 1-veined, upper pointed forward to erect, lower free, spreading to reflexed; lateral petals +- = sepals, spreading to erect, lip spurred, pointed forward, down (or upcurved); column < lip; ovary inferior, generally twisted 180°. Fruit: ascending to erect.
Species In Genus: 10 species: North America. Etymology: (Charles V. Piper, American botanist, 1867--1926) Note: Some species difficult to separate.
eFlora Treatment Author: James D. Ackerman & Robert Lauri
Reference: Ackerman & Morgan 2002 FNANM 26:571--577
Unabridged Reference: Morgan & Ackerman 1990 Lindleyana 5: 205--211
Piperia unalascensis (Spreng.) Rydb.
NATIVE
Habit: Plant 9--70 cm. Leaf: basal 5--20 cm, 5--40 mm wide. Inflorescence: 3--44 cm, generally open, dense above or not, axis generally > peduncle. Flower: fragrance +- at night but lingering, musky, soapy, or honey-like; perianth green; upper sepal ascending or pointed forward; lateral petals +- erect to pointed forward, lip 2--5 mm, broadly ovate to lance-elliptic, generally pointed down, tip upcurved, spur 2--5.5 mm, pointed back or down. Chromosomes: n=21.
Ecology: Generally dry sites, scrub, woodland, forest; Elevation: < 3000 m. Bioregional Distribution: CA-FP (exc GV, SCoR), MP; Distribution Outside California: to Alaska, northeastern Canada, South Dakota, New Mexico. Flowering Time: May--Aug
Synonyms: Habenaria unalascensis (Spreng.) S. Watson; Platanthera foetida Geyer ex Hook. f.
Jepson eFlora Author: James D. Ackerman & Robert Lauri
Reference: Ackerman & Morgan 2002 FNANM 26:571--577
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Citation for this treatment: James D. Ackerman & Robert Lauri 2012, Piperia unalascensis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=38360, accessed on October 19, 2019.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2019, Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/, accessed on October 19, 2019.

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CA-FP (exc GV, SCoR), MP
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