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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Rare orchid

 A wild calypso orchid grows in a heavily forested area on our ranch near Kellogg, Oregon. The orchid is also know as the fairy slipper or Venus's slipper. The species range of the calypso orchid is circumpolar. They're found is the northern United States, Canada, Scandinavia, Russia, and Japan. The species is considered threatened or endangered in several U.S. states and Sweden and Finland. It is virtually impossible to cultivate the calypso orchid due to a specific beneficial fungus associated with its roots.
 My mother-in-law, who grew up on the ranch, says she grew up calling the little orchids "lady's slippers".  She said as children they would pick bunches of the flowers.

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