Cypripedium passerinum

As I noted previously, I’m presently on vacation. Unfortunately, I’m in areas with very sporadic web access, so I’m only posting when I can!

We spotted this sparrow’s-egg lady’s slipper on the trail to the mineral licks just north of Muncho Lake (in northern British Columbia). I’d been hoping to see this species on my trip, but wasn’t really expecting to find it so soon (on the morning of the third day). We could only find a few individuals in the shady areas of some mixed forest.

Read more about this orchid via the USDA’s “Meet the Ladies”: Cypripedium passerinum. The Flora of North America also has its scientific account of this species.

Cypripedium passerinum

8 responses to “Cypripedium passerinum”

  1. Sue in Bremerton WA

    Oh, Daniel. This one was worth the wait. What a lovely little flower. it’s like an egg orsomething is being protected, arms around it, and even a shade above it. What a wonderful thing to see this evening. Thank you.

  2. Meg Bernstein

    Thanks for this, the trip must be wonderful.

  3. Alice

    Lovely! So happy to have access to your incredible work. Thanks for giving so much joy.

  4. elizabeth a airhart

    thank you for a july fourth present
    there is an old song called
    oh dem golden slippers
    thank you for the links-the botanical
    illustration is just fine to ptint out
    and have you not seen the
    the flower fairys in thier new shoes

  5. Margaret-Rae Davis

    This is exciting to know you found the plant. It is such a nice photogrape.
    Thank you for sharing, hope the rest of your holiday is fun and intersting.
    Thank you,

  6. Elizabeth Revell

    What a cutie! As I sit shivering inthe coldest Winter Auckland (NZ)has had for a long time, it’s nice to know that places that get a LOT colder produce such beauty in miniature in the Spring and Summer to brighten the world.

  7. Isabel

    I lived by Muncho Lake (mile 462) until I was 9 years old, and I remember spending a lot of time outside with my mom, looking at plants. Thank you for this lovely memory.

  8. Lorne Dennison

    i have seen large colonies of yellow and franklins lady slippers by the Macdonald creel camp ground in Muncho lake . there were also large populations of butterworts which shared the preferred habitat of the lady slippers . .

    Lorne D.

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