A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Mountain Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium montanum)

Badger Creek Trail, Badger Creek Wilderness, OR 5/2016.

Badger Creek Trail, Badger Creek Wilderness, OR 5/2016.

This rare orchid is a special treat if you can find it.  Most of the 30 species of Cypripedium are called “Lady Slippers”, and all depend on fungi within the soil to sustain themselves.  We were extremely lucky to find a reference in a decades old trail guide which still lead to a small, easily overlooked, patch.

The greek genus name translates to Aphrodite’s sandal, referring to  the white lip (labellum) which looks like a fluffy slipper that could be slipped on a tiny foot.  The purple veins along the bottom of the lip and the three twisted purple petals shoot outward adding to its other-worldliness.  These are one of 3 northwestern species and live in open conifer forests.  All twelve U.S. species are included in the US Forest service article, “Meet the Ladies“.

 

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Badger Creek Trail, Badger Creek Wilderness, OR 5/2016.

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4 responses

  1. Lovely 🙂

    June 8, 2016 at 12:12 am

  2. Nancy miller

    Wow! I continue to be impressed with both your flower seeking tenacity and wonderful photography!

    June 9, 2016 at 10:12 pm

  3. Reblogged this on RMNP Flowers.

    July 11, 2016 at 11:40 am

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