Montana Outdoors

May 31, 2013

Another wild orchid; Mountain Lady’s Slipper

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 6:12 pm

Mountain Lady's Slipper

Mountain Lady's Slipper

Mountain Lady's Slipper

Mountain Lady's Slipper

Mountain Lady's Slipper

Mountain Lady’s Slipper, Cypripedium montanum

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  1. These are a nice change from the pink lady’s slippers we have here. They are also more slipper-like!

    Comment by jomegat — May 31, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

    • A few of these have a very slight pink cast, but no color like the pink ones that you have. There are three species here but I’ve only seen this one.

      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

  2. I can’t say it often enough – I just love orchids. There is so much variety in size, shape, and colour, and yet they all have a similarity that makes them orchids.

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — May 31, 2013 @ 6:44 pm

    • I love orchids too. They are very special little flowers. When I first found one here I was very surprised.

      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

  3. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    DON’T PICK THE LADY’S SLIPPERS!!!! THEY ARE PROTECTED IN MASSACHUSETTS.

    Comment by Jonathan Caswell — May 31, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

  4. What a beauty!

    Comment by Harold Rhenisch — May 31, 2013 @ 7:33 pm

  5. Beautiful flower!

    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — May 31, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

    • I’m always amazed at the beauty of the wildflowers. It continues to be a surprise each time I see one bloom.

      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2013 @ 7:54 pm

  6. ‘What a wonderful world it is,’ cannot be said often enough. These photos are proof.

    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — May 31, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

    • There are still marvelous things in the back country. I remember though where wildflowers used to grow but no longer can.

      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2013 @ 7:29 pm

  7. it’s pretty after i saw what it was… when the page loaded, i thought it was a big brown spider w/ a white egg sac for a split second *gasp =0 heheheee

    Comment by Tricia — May 31, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

    • At first glance they do have an arachnid shape.

      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

  8. I know I don’t comment often but have always thought your pictures are so beautiful.I love the mountains and all the flowers!

    Comment by niteflyrwomanAmanda — May 31, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

    • Thank you! I’m so glad that you feel the same way about them as I do!

      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2013 @ 7:37 pm

  9. I don’t know if I would rather wear Mountain Lady Slippers or Fairy Slippers! They’re all so pretty.

    Comment by Candace — May 31, 2013 @ 10:23 pm

  10. What a gorgeous find! Simply beautiful.

    Comment by Jo Woolf — June 1, 2013 @ 12:22 am

    • They are elegant little flowers, aren’t they! They’re larger than many wildflowers too.

      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

  11. Beautiful photos of this Orchid ! I didnĀ“t know that there was white Lady Slippers . The Lady Slipper we have here has a yellow “shoe” . They are just beginning to bloom, so i hope to take some photos of them. // Maria

    Comment by mariayarri — June 1, 2013 @ 2:39 am

    • I understand the is a yellow one in Montana too, but I have not encountered one. I will look forward to your photos!

      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

  12. That’s a beautiful thing, and so much different in shape than our pink lady’s slipper! I’m reminded once again that pink lady’s slipper is the only one of the lady’s slippers that has a leafless stem. That comes in handy if you find that one in a million white colored pink lady’s slipper.

    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — June 1, 2013 @ 3:17 am

    • I always marvel at the shape of these and wonder why it is like that.

      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

  13. your photos of the gorgeous gems are beautiful.

    Comment by Tammie — June 1, 2013 @ 8:17 am

  14. What a superb grouping to find n the woods. Super photos too!

    Comment by dhphotosite — June 1, 2013 @ 11:20 am

    • They are an unexpected pleasure to find among all of the other plants.

      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2013 @ 7:43 pm

  15. Outstanding photos! It’s always such fun to see what I don’t see in southern cal..

    Comment by Roberta — June 1, 2013 @ 11:52 am

    • Thank you Roberta. It’s is interesting that California and Montana don’t share more of the flower species. I’ve seen many from there that I’ve never seen here.

      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

  16. If that’s her slipper, how beautiful must the lady be? :-)

    Your third picture is exquisite.

    Comment by Finn Holding — June 1, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

  17. Aren;t they a lovely sight!

    Comment by Bo Mackison (@bo_mackison) — June 1, 2013 @ 3:04 pm

    • I always look forward to seeing them in bloom.

      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2013 @ 7:48 pm

  18. You’ve really made me smile with this one – and reminded me of my mother. The shape of these slippers is exactly that of the hospital slippers she was given more and more frequently in the last decade of her life, when she was in and out of such places. I must say – your lady slippers are ever so much more beautiful than standard issue hospital sorts. It would be nice if we could spiff things up a bit for patients so they could enjoy some beauty, too!

    Comment by shoreacres — June 1, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

    • Come to think of it, a hospital slipper could rather easily be made to look a bit similar to these and I’d bet they would be very popular.

      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2013 @ 10:18 pm

  19. Such an exotic bloom!

    Comment by Watching Seasons — June 2, 2013 @ 2:33 pm


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