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Fairyslipper - Orchid

Calypso bulbosa

Description:

Perennial from a bulb-like corm, one flower per plant, leaves single and evergreen in the winter, withering in the summer. The two that I saw on this trail were only about 5 inches tall. Had to lie on the ground to get this photo!

Habitat:

Usually forest, rich with leaves, they are getting harder to find as their habitat near cities is more used by people. When the flower is picked the plant often dies, as the delicate roots are disturbed when the flower doesn't let go easily from the corm.

Notes:

Found 2 of these beside the trail around Roe Lake on North Pender Island. Please don't pick them! Just enjoy them where they are! Calypso orchid corms were eaten by the Haida people and have a rich butter flavour.

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1 Comment

Here is a link to my Ladyslipper Orchid spotting for comparison:
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/639...
I love them both!

KathleenMcEachern
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KathleenMcEachern

British Columbia, Canada

Spotted on May 19, 2013
Submitted on May 23, 2013

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