Calypso Orchid

Calypso bulbosa

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  • Calypso Orchid | Calypso Orchid (Calypso bulbosa) Photo: USFS
  • Calypso Orchid | Calypso Orchid (Calypso bulbosa) Photo: USFS
  • Calypso Orchid | Calypso Orchid (Calypso bulbosa) Photo: USFS
  • Calypso Orchid | Calypso Orchid (Calypso bulbosa) Photo: USFS
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Basic Information

Other names

Fairy Slipper

Order

Asparagales

Family

Orchidaceae

Size

4-8 in

Leaf Color

Green

Leaf Complexity

Simple

Blooming Season

Spring-Summer

Bloom Color

Pink

Attracts

Honeybees

Can I eat Calypso Orchid?

The root bulb is edible. Native Americans would normally boil it first to enhance its buttery character.

Medicinal uses for Calypso Orchid

Some Native American Tribes chewed or sucked on the flowers as a treatment for epilepsy.

Calypso Orchid Habitat

Cool Damp Forested Areas

Calypso Orchid Facts

Calypso Orchids are widespread and named after the sea nymph Calypso in Homers Odyssey. They are often seen along hiking trails. They are however very sensitive to disturbance and are thus listed as threatened or endangered by several states. Some Native American Tribes would eat the roots raw, believing it would increase the size of the bust.

Calypso Orchid Distribution



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