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Mountain Lady's Slipper

Cypripedium montanum

Description:

Check out this beautiful orchid! Lady's Slippers like this one lure bees into their "pouch" with color and scent. When the duped bee discovers there's no actual nectar and leaves through the lip, it bumps up against the reproductive structures and carries away pollen, hopefully to another flower.

Habitat:

High-elevation woods of western North America.

Notes:

Location is approximate - I was on a tour with a group of stakeholders and lost track of where exactly we were. Somewhere in the Umatilla National Forest north of La Grande!

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Rebecca Deatsman
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Rebecca Deatsman

Oregon, USA

Spotted on Jun 27, 2013
Submitted on Jun 30, 2013

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