Directions to the park:
- 38 km south of the city of Merritt or 11 km south of community of Aspen Grove,
- just off Hwy 5A.
- From the east, the park is 11 km. from Coquihalla Highway 97C on paved access.
It has a small pink, purple, pinkish-purple, or red flower accented with a white lip, darker purple spottings, and yellow beard.
Threatened & Endangered!
Their beard serves a purpose
The calypso orchid is most often pollinated by queen bumblebees. It relies on "pollination by deception", as it attracts insects to anther-like yellow hairs at the entrance to the pouch and forked nectary-like structures at the end of the pouch but produces no nectar that would nourish them. Insects quickly learn not to revisit it. Avoiding such recognition may account for some of the small variation in the flower's appearance.
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