Pacific Fairy Slipper Orchid

A beautiful Pacific Fairy Slipper Orchid (Calypso bulbosa var. occidentalis), seen in the Wenatchee National Forest this spring.  Although it has a green leaf or two for photosynthesis, it relies on symbiotic fungi in the soil for the energy it needs to grow and reproduce.  It is pollinated by bees that are deceived into visiting it, as this orchid produces no nectar for them to feed on.


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