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Taken 3-May-12
15 of 17 photos


Fairy Slipper / Venus's Slipper / Calypso Orchid 15

What a deceptive nature this species has! Erect sepals and petals, one petal making a pouch, spots on the outside of the pouch, stripes on the inside, "hanging ovary," one green leaf that comes up in the fall and remains green over winter then withers in summer, anther-like structures leading into the pouch, forked nectary-like structures at the end of the pouch designed to deceive pollinators (there's nothing in it for the pollinators - no nectar) and a vanilla aroma.

This plant is dependent upon fungal and plant hosts that must be already present when the tiny seed germinates, so it does not do well transplanted (needs the right soil chemistry and specific soil fungi) and their bulb-like corm is so shallow that it is almost always destroyed if someone attempts to pick a flower. So leave them where you find them and tread carefully.

Categories & Keywords
Category:Scenic
Subcategory:Flowers
Subcategory Detail:
Keywords:2012, Montana, Venus's slipper, calypso, calypso orchid, fairy slipper, fairyslipper, flower, orchid, spring, wild, wildflower

Fairy Slipper / Venus's Slipper / Calypso Orchid 15