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Mountain lady's slipper (Cypripedium montanum)

Mountain lady's slipper (Cypripedium montanum) is an uncommon orchid which is native to California and endemic to western North America. This beautiful and unique wildflower typically occurs under forest canopies in montane habitats and is easily recognized by its bright white labellum (the pouch or "slipper") and dark purple, spiraling petals and sepals.

Mountain lady's slipper orchid (Cypripedium montanum).  Plumas National Forest, Plumas County, CA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0366
Two mountain lady's slipper orchids facing each other with dynamic side lighting. Plumas National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Plumas County, California.
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Mountain lady's slipper orchid (Cypripedium montanum).  Plumas National Forest, Plumas County, CA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0365
Two mountain lady's slipper flowers on a single stem. Plumas National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Plumas County, California.
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Mountain lady's slipper orchid (Cypripedium montanum).  Plumas National Forest, Plumas County, CA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0364
Mountain lady's slipper, close-up with emphasis on the yellow staminode and bright white labellum (slipper). Note the dark red spots on the staminode and the pink veins on the labellum. Plumas National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Plumas County, California.
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Mountain lady's slipper orchid (Cypripedium montanum).  Plumas National Forest, Plumas County, CA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0363
Mountain lady's slipper, single specimen clearly illustrating the orchid's signature spiraling petals and sepals. Plumas National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Plumas County, California.
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Mountain lady's slipper orchid (Cypripedium montanum).  Plumas National Forest, Plumas County, CA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0362
Mountain lady's slipper, single specimen with soft focus on its lower leaves. Plumas National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Plumas County, California.
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Mountain lady's slipper orchid (Cypripedium montanum).  Plumas National Forest, Plumas County, CA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0361
Mountain lady's slippers (Cypripedium montanum), documentary view depicting a cluster of the orchids in their natural environment. Plumas National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Plumas County, California.
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