Montana Outdoors

June 6, 2015

Mountain Lady Slipper

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:45 pm

Mountain Ladyslipper

Mountain Ladyslipper

Mountain Ladyslipper

Mountain Lady slipper ~ Cypripedium montanum

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  1. entirely lovely
    i hope to see one this year

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    Comment by Tammie — June 6, 2015 @ 10:12 pm

    • I hope you do too, Tammie. I almost missed them this year. I will try to go look for Bitterroots too on Monday.

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      Comment by montucky — June 6, 2015 @ 10:25 pm

  2. Very nice!

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    Comment by Harold Rhenisch — June 6, 2015 @ 10:40 pm

  3. Thanks Harold!

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    Comment by montucky — June 6, 2015 @ 10:45 pm

  4. Wow! What a lovely find!

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 6, 2015 @ 11:03 pm

    • I look forward to their blooming. Fortunately, there are several places quite close where I can find them.

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      Comment by montucky — June 7, 2015 @ 6:04 pm

  5. So beautiful! The Lady Slipper has been a favorite wild flower of mine since I was a child. Thank you for sharing this photo with us!

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    Comment by Where God Takes Me — June 6, 2015 @ 11:05 pm

  6. How very beautiful! Superb photos, too.

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — June 7, 2015 @ 1:15 am

    • Thanks Jo. I think this and the Fairyslippers are the prettiest of our wild orchids.

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      Comment by montucky — June 7, 2015 @ 6:06 pm

  7. Unusual and beautiful! I’m reminded of a decoration on a gift-wrapped present with the curled ribbon parts dangling out. Thank you for sharing another treasure from your part of the world. 🙂

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    Comment by Jane — June 7, 2015 @ 1:20 am

  8. They so much look like ballet slippers…I especially like the pair of them in your 2nd photo.

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    Comment by Candace — June 7, 2015 @ 1:35 am

  9. Beautiful …

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — June 7, 2015 @ 5:35 am

  10. A flower that I’m sure isn’t seen every day!

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    Comment by centralohionature — June 7, 2015 @ 5:56 am

    • I’m afraid that lots of people don’t notice them. They aren’t exactly rare here, but usually overlooked.

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      Comment by montucky — June 7, 2015 @ 6:09 pm

  11. That’s a beautiful orchid. I’ve never seen a white one.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — June 7, 2015 @ 7:44 am

    • White is the oly color we have in this immediate area, although I’ve read of yellow ones in Montana somewhere.

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      Comment by montucky — June 7, 2015 @ 6:10 pm

  12. A fellow in New England just posted a series on his species of ladyslipper. What I somehow had missed in earlier postings are those wonderful twisted petals — the same in his photos and yours. Now, they suddenly remind me of ribbons, like the ones on my ballet slippers when I was young: the sort that criss-crossed up above the ankle, leaving a bit of ribbon to dangle and twirl.

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    Comment by shoreacres — June 7, 2015 @ 8:38 am

    • They are very well named then! My wife has said about the same thing!

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      Comment by montucky — June 7, 2015 @ 6:10 pm

    • I was twelve years old before I was allowed to go on point. I even tried toe/tap, rather slippery to say the least! I was an instructor to the little kids which was a lot of fun & took lessons from age 4 to 18. I always wanted to be a Rockett, but atlas, too short! The story of my life!

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      Comment by Roselyn — June 10, 2015 @ 2:53 pm

  13. Hi Montucky, Wow! Super lovely orchid. I love how the sides of the bloom twist. Have a fine coming week!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — June 7, 2015 @ 10:37 am

    • We have about a dozen wild orchids here, but this is one of the prettiest.

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      Comment by montucky — June 7, 2015 @ 6:11 pm

  14. Great shots.
    Looks like one of the smaller orchids too. They look much more attractive than the cultivated ones.

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    Comment by Vicki — June 8, 2015 @ 6:33 am

    • We have only about a dozen wild orchids in this area, and they are all quite small but very pretty.

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      Comment by montucky — June 8, 2015 @ 8:20 am

  15. Oh these are so tiny and pretty.

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — June 8, 2015 @ 10:03 am

  16. Beautiful images and subjects Terry I absolutely love Lady Slippers !!

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    Comment by Bernie Kasper — June 8, 2015 @ 1:49 pm

  17. It does look very much like a slipper. Wonderful details.

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    Comment by seekraz — June 9, 2015 @ 9:15 am

    • Not all that many flowers are so well named. This little orchid certainly deserves a nice name!

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      Comment by montucky — June 9, 2015 @ 9:35 pm

  18. Awesome looking. Not found in my country.

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    Comment by Sartenada — June 10, 2015 @ 4:53 am

  19. Nice to learn what these are called. I was surprised to find a single clump of these along Grant Creek Road outside Missoula with a DOZEN blooms! No others in sight.

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    Comment by Kim — June 11, 2015 @ 9:01 pm

    • I know of several places for them here, but I’m sure there are others. They have a fairly short blooming period, so they can easily be missed in any given area.

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      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2015 @ 9:50 pm

  20. very nice!

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    Comment by nwwildflowers — June 11, 2015 @ 11:30 pm


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