Even though the flowering season for the greater yellow lady’s slipper is long gone, I’m going to sneak in this out-of-season photograph. I imagine that I’ll be sharing a few non-seasonal images from time to time during the winter, just in case your favourite BPotD entries are showy flowers.
This photograph was taken July 20, 2004 in southern Manitoba, several weeks after the normal flowering season should have concluded, thanks to a cool, wet spring and early summer.
If you are familiar with this plant, you may have learned it as Cypripedium calceolus var. pubescens (e.g. University of Wisconsin-Madison species page). The Connecticut Botanical Society succinctly describes why the name has changed, and refers to the account of the Flora of North America project: Cypripedium parviflorum and this particular variety, Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens.
Here’s a challenge regarding the genus Cypripedium: name the only two states in the lower 48 (excluding the District of Columbia) where you cannot find a member of the genus Cypripedium growing natively. One of the states is very surprising. I think all provinces and territories in Canada have at least one member of the genus (as does Alaska), but I need to check some of the Arctic floras to be certain about Nunavut.
A few recent items of interest regarding Botany Photo of the Day:
- Tangled Bank Number 39 is up and running on The Questionable Authority weblog. I submitted the recent entry on Acer circinatum to join the collection of roughly two dozen other links to recent science-based writings and images. Well worth the visit to see what other science writers have to offer!
- There were a couple new comments yesterday on the BPotD entry for the lichen Letharia vulpina. Susanne Alterman, a grad student at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is seeking help collecting specimens from across North America – if you can pitch in, I think your contribution would be greatly appreciated. She has instructions and forms on her site.
- Back in early May, I was humbled to be able to entertain Dr. Daniel Pauly, his wife and guests from Germany on a tour of UBC Botanical Garden, which I noted in the entry on Philadelphus delavayi. UBC announced two days ago that Dr. Pauly will be the first Canadian to receive the International Cosmos Prize (biography of Dr. Pauly via the Cosmos site). The biodiversity tragedy unfolding in the world’s oceans is only being brought to light due to the work of scientists such as Dr. Pauly.
Nature / science resource link: Since we’re on the topic of oceans, check out Bone Eating Snot Flower via Deep-Sea News. As you might guess, not a flower, but rather a literal interpretation of the name Osedax mucofloris, a species of zombie worm.