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Western fairy slipper (Calypso bulbosa var. occidentalis)

Western fairy slipper (Calypso bulbosa var. occidentalis) is a small, but strikingly beautiful orchid which is native to California and found throughout the west as far north as Alaska. Although this showy wildflower can produce its own energy through photosynthesis, it is also known to supplement its nourishment through a mycorrhizal relationship with underground fungi, and therefore often favors the semi-shaded environment of conifer forests. Additional common names include Pacific fairy slipper, calypso orchid, and Venus' slipper.

Western fairy slipper (Calypso bulbosa var. occidentalis). Mount Tamalpais State Park, Marin County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=PLA0453
Western fairy slipper (Calypso bulbosa var. occidentalis), highly detailed close-up of a wildflower in bloom. Mount Tamalpais State Park, Marin County, California, USA.
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Western fairy slipper (Calypso bulbosa var. occidentalis). Mount Tamalpais State Park, Marin County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=PLA0452
Western fairy slipper (Calypso bulbosa var. occidentalis), side view of the beautiful flower head. Mount Tamalpais State Park, Marin County, California, USA.
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Western fairy slipper (Calypso bulbosa var. occidentalis). Mount Tamalpais State Park, Marin County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=PLA0451
Western fairy slipper (Calypso bulbosa var. occidentalis), portrait orientation of the showy orchid. Mount Tamalpais State Park, Marin County, California, USA.
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Western fairy slipper (Calypso bulbosa var. occidentalis). Mount Tamalpais State Park, Marin County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=PLA0450
Western fairy slipper (Calypso bulbosa var. occidentalis), documentary view of multiple orchids in relation to their natural environment. Mount Tamalpais State Park, Marin County, California, USA.
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