Calypso bulbosa nothovar. kostiukiae Kostiuk's Calypso

New Gallery – Chelsea’s Choice

What’s in a name? Most of us learn our native orchids by their common names, but common names are often local, confusing folks outside our area. That’s why botanists prefer a universal binomial system—two names, usually in Latin. These scientific names often include additional terms that provide information for a distinctive orchid. Chelsea Kieffer has conducted botanical work across the country, and photographed many of those rare and unusual orchids identified as hybrids, varieties and forms. Visit the gallery!