Calypso bulbosa var. americana

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Scientific Name Calypso bulbosa var. americana USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Fairy Slipper, Calypso Orchid ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Orchidaceae (Orchid) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine; moist, boggy areas, near springs and seeps.
Plant: Erect perennial, smooth, reddish, sheathed stem up to 8 inches tall.
Leaves: Single basal leaf, 2 inches long, bluish-green.
Inflorescence: About 1-1/2 inches across. drooping with 3 slender pink sepals and 2 similar-looking petals; large lower third petal is the "slipper", pink and white.
References: Descr. adapted from "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel.
Notes: Endangered species. Do not pick or attempt to transplant (they’ll just die anyway).
Colorado Status

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