|Scientific Name||Calypso bulbosa var. americana||USDA PLANTS Symbol||CABUA|
|Common Name||Fairy Slipper, Calypso Orchid||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||527040|
Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (7000 to 10500 ft.); under pine/spruce trees in moist areas, near springs and seeps.
Plant: Erect perennial, smooth, reddish, sheathed stem 1-1/2 to 8 inches tall.
Leaves: Single basal leaf, elliptic to ovate 2 inches long, bluish-green.
Inflorescence: Solitary pink and white blossom about 1-1/2 inches across, drooping with 3 slender pink sepals and 2 similar-looking petals; large lower third petal is the "slipper" and has a tuft of yellow hairs at its tip.
Bloom Period: May to July.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and Flora of North America.
Notes: Endangered species. Do not pick or attempt to transplant (they’ll just die anyway).
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