Montana Outdoors

May 20, 2016

Mountain lady’s slipper

mountain lady's slipper

This species of this small orchid is native only to 6 western states, Alaska and western Canada..

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  1. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    THIS IS WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT—!

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    Comment by Jonathan Caswell — May 20, 2016 @ 7:11 pm

  2. Wow! What a find. They are such complicated flowers. I don’t think I’ve ever found one in the wild.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — May 20, 2016 @ 8:21 pm

  3. Great creation of God. Thanks.

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    Comment by nvsubbaraman — May 21, 2016 @ 12:07 am

  4. Those long, twisty appendages are interesting and attractive, too. I thought leaves at first, though they may be sepals — or something else. In any event, I finally figured out when I saw this photo what these flowers have reminded me of: spiders! At least, the sort of spider that has a lovely, large, rounded abdomen. A lady’s slipper is a more appealing association, I suppose. 🙂

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    Comment by shoreacres — May 21, 2016 @ 5:22 am

    • The three long brown twisted lance-shaped parts are indeed sepals. Because of them the Nlaka’pmx natives called them “buck” because they reminded them of a buck’s antlers.

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      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2016 @ 7:47 am

  5. Gorgeous! Looks quite small, so well spotted 🙂

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    Comment by Vicki — May 21, 2016 @ 5:41 am

    • The showy parts are about a half inch long. The spots vary from just a couple to many from plant to plant.

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      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2016 @ 7:49 am

  6. Wow! What a find. They are such complicated flowers.
    Liebe Gruesse Monika

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    Comment by monikasbeautifulhome — May 21, 2016 @ 1:23 pm

  7. You’re very lucky to have them-they’re beautiful things. They look a little different than ours but not much. Ours should be blooming in a week or so.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — May 21, 2016 @ 3:57 pm

    • Yes they are beautiful. I can still remember the first time I saw them many years ago.

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      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2016 @ 7:07 pm

  8. Must be very rare, but beautiful.

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    Comment by Sartenada — May 25, 2016 @ 11:09 pm

  9. What a great flower. Lucky you.

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    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — May 28, 2016 @ 6:52 am

    • It is always special to me to see any of the wild orchids. This is one of the prettier ones.

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      Comment by montucky — May 28, 2016 @ 7:25 am


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