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McAdoo, David R.
Calypso bulbosa (L.) Oakes
USDA Symbol: CABU
A single mostly pink bilateral pendant flower with an inflated, slipper-like lip petal hangs at tip of an erect, reddish flower stalk that grows above 1 basal leaf.
This short perennial rises from a small tuber and is the only species in this genus. Named for the sea nymph Calypso of Homers Odyssey, who detained the willing Odysseus on his return from Troy; like Calypso, the plant is beautiful and prefers secluded haunts.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
, WY Canada: NB
, PE Native Distribution:
Across Canada and northern United States to northeastern Arizona, southern New Mexico, New York, and New England. Native Habitat:
Thick duff and mossy ground in cool, damp, mainly coniferous woods.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Alkaline (pH>7.2)
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2009-12-18
Research By: TWC Staff