Montana Outdoors

May 27, 2018

Mountain Lady’s Slippers

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:20 pm

Seldom do I go out looking for a particular flower, but after an outing yesterday it occurred to me that the Lady’s Slippers should be starting to bloom and so today I drove to a place where I usually see them and, happily, they are in peak bloom. I’m glad that I didn’t miss it! They are one of the prettiest of the wild orchids native to this region.

Mountain Lady's Slipper

Mountain Lady's Slipper

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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July 13, 2017

Late summer orchid

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 1:20 pm

Western Rattlesnake Plantain

Rattlesnake Plantain ~ Goodyera oblongifolia

I waited for a long time for the flowers on this small orchid to open but it looks as though they are drying up very quickly. This is a record-high temperature summer here.

Western Rattlesnake Plantain

Western Rattlesnake Plantain

June 15, 2017

An orchid today

Spotted Corallroot ~ Wild orchid

Spotted corallroot ~ Corallorhiza maculata ~ wild orchid

There are always beautiful things to find along the Spring Creek trail, including places on the trail itself:

On the Spring Creek Trail

May 5, 2017

Couldn’t resist posting one more picture

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 4:37 pm

Fairy Slipper

Fairy Slipper ~ Calypso Bulbosa

April 20, 2016

Fairy slipper

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , , — montucky @ 9:16 pm

Fairyslipper

The Fairy slipper is a very fragile little orchid that ranges through the western and northern tier of states in the U.S. Its bulbs are attached by very delicate roots that are easily broken by the lightest tug on the stem and so if one is picked or the stem is disturbed the whole plant usually dies. It also grows in association with certain specific fungi which makes it all but impossible to transplant. “Calypso” is an orchid genus containing only a single species, Calypso Bulbosa.

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