The conservation of
Cyp. parviflorum var. calciolus

Mr. Nicholas Page , Rock Island, Ill. ,USA
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@I have received the very interested information from a friend of mine in USA. He loves Paphs so much and further more he is very interested in the conservation of Cyp. parviflorum var. calciolus that grow near him. If you are interested in, please contact to him or to the Society. Thank you, Nick. ( T. Tanaka )

I recently went on a trip with my orchid society, the Illowa orchid society of the quad cities, to see some orchids in the wild, our society is doing a conservation project with the rare yellow cypripedium, Cyp. parviflorum var. calciolus, as well as the showy orchids that grows along side of this orchid in a forest preserve near where I live. the experience was very great for me. I didn't realize how big the flowers were, this is the first time I have ever seen this flower before. They really look almost tropical. But somehow they grow here in a temperate climate with very cold winters. I had a friend take a lot of great pictures , if you would be interested in seeing them I would be happy to send them your way.

Cyp. parviflorum var. calciolus in Ill., USA.


Photo by Miss Marcia Whitmoore

I do a lot of nature hiking and have seen a lot of wild flowers even a few wild orchids before, but this was the first time for me to ever see this orchid . I think I now have a better understanding of how rare these plants are in the wild. The conditions needed are very exacting, and I am afraid that there are so few places left for the orchids to make a home in. I am glad that people are starting to take steps to insure there survival. I would love to see some of the tropical orchids in there wild habitat sometime. I am sure it would prove to be a very rewarding experience. As it
is I will take the memories of this experience and treasure them for a long time to come. The forest preserve was very untouched, it felt different from other parks as soon as I entered, very lush, the ground is a thick layer of humus on top of a layer of decomposing limestone, fed by underground springs. There are lots of ferns and mosses, as well as other moisture loving plants, so I would think that the area is plenty well moist through the year, the trees grow thick and very little sunlight reaches the floor through the trees, everything smelled very fresh. I wish you could have shared in the experience with me.
When I first saw the orchids I couldn't believe what I was seeing, there in this damp dark north facing slope in the deep shade of trees , dancing in the dappled green hushed light of a spring morning , were these large yellow balloon pouched cypripediums, with long twisting burgundy hugged petals, and tall sepals, growing in clumps, little colonies. and a few by themselves. There is only about a 2 acre area that the orchids live in. I think we saw about 45-50 flowered in this small area though. A very healthy collection of wild orchids .

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