Arkansas Wild Native Orchid
ORCHID FAMILY Lady’s slippers are a genus, Cypripedium, of flowers belonging to the orchid family, Orchidaceae, and distinguished by their slipper-shaped pouches (modified labellums), which function by trapping insects so that they are forced to climb up past the staminode, behind which they collect or deposit pollinia.
Ladies Slipper, also called Indian Moccasin
The lady’s slipper is known in the United States of America as the moccasin flower, from its resemblance to a shoe or moccasin.
These gorgeous Orchids take 7 years from seed to bloom.
Because of logging, and population these flowers are loosing ground fast, and are at the brink of extinction!
Most are found only in protected areas, and in national forest. This one is preserved on a 10 acre plot of rich forest land I purchased in 1993 just for the preservation of its flora, and fauna.
Never, ever pick one if you do see it in the wild, and never try to transplant it. It most suredly will die!!
Blooms mid-spring in NW Arkansas, approx bloom size 2 inches from top to bottom, and the entire plant is around 12 inches tall.