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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Cypripedium californicum A. Gray
California lady's slipper
USDA Symbol: CYCA4
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
1 bilaterally symmetrical, yellow-green flower with a white pouch in each upper leaf axil of unbranched, clumped stems; 3-10 flowers per plant.
This is one of the most charming ladys slippers, often having many flowers all turned in the same direction and seeming to peer from cool hideaways among maidenhair ferns, Salal (Gaultheria shallon), Western Azalea (Rhododendron occidentale), and Crimson Columbine (Aquilegia formosa). The genus name derives from the Greek Kypris (Venus) and pes (foot), referring to the flowers moccasin-like lip petal.
Bloom InformationBloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
, OR Native Distribution:
Southwestern Oregon and northern California. Native Habitat:
Along streams and seeps in open shade.
National Wetland Indicator Status
|Status:|| OBL || OBL |
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.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CA
Record Last Modified: 2012-11-11
Research By: TWC Staff