Montana Outdoors

May 5, 2018

Fairyslipper

Filed under: Teepee-Spring Creek roadless area, Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 3:50 pm

Fairy Slipper, Calypso Orchid

Fairy Slipper, Calypso Orchid

Fairyslipper, Calypso orchid ~ Calypso bulbosa

This little orchid called “Fairyslipper” or sometimes “Calypso Orchid” is the first to bloom of the dozen or so wild orchids native to this area. It is named after Calypso, a beautiful little sea nymph and the daughter of the god Atlas who was found by Ulysses when he was wrecked on the island of Ogygia in Homer’s Odessey. The name means “concealment” and I think it is an apt name for this flower. They have not been plentiful this year and these two are the only nice specimens that I’ve encountered so far. These two are growing at about 3,600 feet in elevation along the Munson Creek trail (USFS trail 372) in the Teepee-Spring Creek roadless area.

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