Monday, July 13, 2015
Eighteenth Orchid of the Season
Known both as the Sparrow's-egg Lady's Slipper and as Franklin's Lady's Slipper, Cypripedium passerinum is not found in Washington but is common further north. We found these along the Richardson Highway to Valdez, Alaska. They were near the end of their blooming season, but we found enough fresh flowers for photographs. The species can grow to 60 cm tall but these were much shorter, less than 30 cm and growing in the open on the roadside. There was one plant with two flowers, the flowers faded, but ordinarily the tiny flowers are found just one per flower spike.