The Slipper Orchids
Cypripedium californicum: California lady’s slipper
The California lady’s slipper occurs primarily in the Siskiyou Mountains of northern California and extreme southwestern Oregon.
The California lady's slipper orchid often growing in clumps may be over 2 ft in height. Each individual has 5 to 10 leaves up the length of the stem and the flowering stem may have upwards to 12 small flowers with yellow-green sepals and a whitish pouch with brownish-purple veins inside.
Cypripedium californicum grows in the damp understory of coniferous forests near streams, and is often found growing near the rare California pitcher plant (Darlingtonia californica).