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Elegant Piperia
Piperia elegans
About Elegant Piperia (Piperia elegans) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Piperia elegans is a species of orchid known by several common names, including elegant piperia, coast piperia, hillside rein orchid, and hillside bogorchid. This is a showy flowering plant native to western North America. It grows from a caudex tuber and sends up a thick stem just under a meter in maximum height. The stem is topped with a cylindrical spike inflorescence of densely packed flowers with curving white to greenish-yellow petals. Coastal individuals are noticeably thicker and have more flowers than those that grow further inland; it is uncertain if these are variants, subspecies, or even separate species. They are both currently treated as P. elegans. Other species of Piperia, notably the endangered species P. yadonii are quite similar in appearance to some populations of this species.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

3.3 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow, White, Green

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 16.2" - 133.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.22" - 3.85", Coldest Month: 39.8" - 51.0", Hottest Month: 55.6" - 72.3", Humidity: 0.29" - 20.73", Elevation: -75" - 4887"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Coast Piperia, Elegant Rein Orchid, Hillside Bogorchid, Hillside Rein Orchid, Rein Orchis

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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