Calypso Orchids blooming in untouched forests

One sign of spring on the Mendonoma Coast is the appearance of the Queen of the wildflowers, the exquiste Calypso Orchid. A patch of a dozen or so bloom on a neighboring property in an untouched forest. To find them in the dark duff is like finding a living jewel. Notice the dark green leaf which is flat on the duff. The leaf appears first, then the slender stalk with the orchid flower. It's not very big, so to find one is proof that you are paying attention!

5 thoughts on “Calypso Orchids blooming in untouched forests

  1. One of my favorites! If I remember correctly, they have a delicate scent. It's so nice to see your spring unfold, Jeanne.

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  2. I don't think I've ever smelled their fragrance! As soon as the storms abate - and that means the first of next week - I'll get down on my hands and knees and take a good sniff. I'll report back! I'll also let you know if it hugs me.

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