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Fairy Slipper (Calypso Orchid)

Calypso bulbosa

Description:

The Calypso orchid (Calypso bulbosa), also known as the fairy slipper or Venus's slipper, is a perennial member of the orchid family . It has a small pink, purple, pinkish-purple, or red flower accented with a white lip, darker purple spottings, and yellow beard. Calypso orchids are typically 10 to 14 cm in height. Their little purple blooms can be a pleasant sporadic sight on hiking trails from late March onwards, though in the more northerly parts of their range they do not bloom until May and June. The plants live no more than five years.

Habitat:

Found in undisturbed northern and montane forests. It takes its name from the Greek signifying concealment, as they tend to favor sheltered areas on conifer forest floors. This one was spotting on the trail at Snoquera Falls in Washington State.

Notes:

The plant was only about 3 inches tall and the flower was much smaller than it looks in the photos - not even an inch - so you have to look very closely to find its intricate beauty.

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21 Comments

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 7 years ago

Thank you Marta! I just added it. :-)

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

This is such a unique orchid! you should add your wild orchids to this mission, (they are really beautiful):
http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8564...

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 7 years ago

Thank you Kathleen! I have to look for them again this year!

I see that your spotting was in May, 2012 and looks fairly near Mt Rainier. Lovely spotting!

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 7 years ago

Thank you Debbie! :-)

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 7 years ago

I must have missed this one Yuko but its a beautiful spotting :-)

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 7 years ago

Thank you Ursula!

Ursula
Ursula 7 years ago

beutiful setting!

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 7 years ago

Thank you Dan!

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

Lovely orchid Yuko.

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 7 years ago

Thank you Michael!

MichaelEdward
MichaelEdward 7 years ago

Another nice series.

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 7 years ago

Thank you for your kind comment António :-)

Great capture Yuko,beautiful finding,congrats and thanks for sharing

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 7 years ago

Thank you John! These are my favorite, too! They are actually very small.

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 7 years ago

Thank you again!

misako
misako 7 years ago

beautiful!

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 7 years ago

Thank you Mayra!!!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 7 years ago

Wonderful!

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 7 years ago

Thank you Rieko-san!!!

RiekoS
RiekoS 7 years ago

Very pretty.

YukoChartraw
Spotted by
YukoChartraw

Washington, USA

Spotted on May 13, 2012
Submitted on Jan 13, 2013

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