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Narrow-petaled Rein-orchid
Piperia leptopetala
About Narrow-petaled Rein-orchid (Piperia leptopetala) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Piperia leptopetala is a species of orchid known by the common names narrow-petal rein orchid and lacy rein orchid. It is native to the west coast of the United States from Washington to California, where it grows in scrub and woodland habitat in mountains and foothills. This orchid grows erect to about 70 centimeters in maximum height from a bulbous caudex. The basal leaves are up to 15 centimeters long by 3 wide. Leaves higher on the stem are much reduced. The upper part of the stem is a spikelike inflorescence of many delicate, translucent green flowers which are sometimes fragrant in the evenings. This rein orchid has narrower petals than those of other species, giving the inflorescence a lacy look, as the common names suggest.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

2.3 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 18.0" - 79.3", Summer Precipitation: 0.29" - 1.82", Coldest Month: 37.7" - 53.2", Hottest Month: 61.4" - 76.2", Humidity: 1.49" - 24.01", Elevation: 579" - 5478"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Lacy Rein Orchid, Narrow-petal Rein Orchid

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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