Cypripedium californicum A. Gray 1867 SECTION Irapeana Photo by Patricia Harding

Plant in situ Photo by Noble Bashor


Common Name California Lady's Slipper

Flower Size 1 1/2" [3.75 cm]

A giant sized, cold growing, terrestrial orchid occuring in southwestern Oregon and northern California with pubescent, elliptic-lanceolate, alternate, plicate leaves sheathing the stem that blooms from spring through early summer, depending on altitude, on a terminal, long, slender stalked, 3 to many [12] flowered inflorescence arising from the center of the almost mature leaves that has flowers arising from the well spaced leaflike bracts and is occurs in pine forests near mountain streams.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 4 193 to 256 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1971; The Native Orchids of the United States and Canada Luer 1975 drawing/photos fide; Orchid Digest Vol 46 No 5 1982 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 3 1995 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000 ; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 3 2007 photo;