Cypripedium californicum A. Gray
California Lady's Slipper
Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)
USDA Symbol: CYCA4
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: CA , OR
Native Distribution: Southwestern Oregon and northern California.
Native Habitat: Along streams and seeps in open shade.
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Cypripedium californicum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cypripedium californicum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cypripedium californicum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-11-11
Research By: TWC Staff