“In the shaded haunts of one corner of Flowerpot Island’s coniferous forests lives a mystical being that I had waited many years to make acquaintances with: the calypso (Calypso bulbosa). This ever more rare denizen of the northern woods is also known as fairy slipper and at first look doesn’t appear to belong anywhere else but the equatorial jungle with its countless other bizarre orchid kin. I nearly melted when I first laid eyes on this incredible wildflower and could have spent my entire time on the island staring at its ineffable beauty.”
The above is from the nature blog of Andrew Lane Gibson, field botanist for the Ohio Division of Natural Areas & Preserves. Look for the entry for May 2017, and then scroll down. His photography alone is well worth the visit to his blog. Orchid lovers will enjoy seeing the pictures of this hard to find orchid.
Mr. Gibson has created a beautiful blog with numerous photographs, as well as a large number of links pointing to information about a variety of plants.
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