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Wildflowers of North America..16 April 2009

Lady’s slipper orchids, lady slipper orchids or slipper orchids are the orchids in the subfamily Cypripedioidea, which includes the genera Cypripedium, Mexipedium, Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium and Selenipedium. They are characterised by the slipper-shaped pouches (modified labellums) of the flowers – the pouch traps insects so they are forced to climb up past the staminode, behind which they collect or deposit pollinia, thus fertilising the flower.

This subfamily has been considered by some to be a family Cypripediaceae, separate from the Orchidaceae.

The subfamily Cypripedioideae is monophyletic and consists of five genera. Their common features are two fertile diandrous (that is, with two perfect stamens) anthers, a shield-shaped staminode and a saccate (sac-shaped) lip.

The Cypripedium genus is found across much of North America, as well as in parts of Europe. The state flower of Minnesota is the Showy Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium reginae). The Pink Lady’s Slipper, (Cypripedium acaule), is the official state wildflower of New Hampshire. The pink lady’s slipper was adopted as the official state wildflower of New Hampshire in 1991.

The Lady’s Slipper is also the official provincial flower of Prince Edward Island, a province of Canada. The Lady’s Slipper was adopted as the provincial flower of PEI on April 25, 1947.


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A self taught amateur photographer who resides in beautiful Winnipeg, Manitoba, which is a prairie city in the center of Canada. My dear wife Marg and I have been married for 52 years, and we have 2 married daughters and 3 grandchildren to share our busy lives.I love to read, practice photography, spend time with my family, play around on the computer, and volunteer a lot of my time at our local Nature Center, where I serve as an interpreter for kids programs.

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  • Eva & Klaus WW
    Eva & Klaus WWover 5 years ago

    This is beautiful, Larry!!!

  • Thanks ever so much, I appreciate your comments

    – Larry Trupp

  • PrairieRose
    PrairieRoseover 5 years ago

    Absolutely exquisite shot Larry…………..Love the velvety look of this entire image……..Cheers, Rose :))))

  • Thanks my Dear Rose, I really appreciate your comments here

    – Larry Trupp

  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...over 5 years ago

    Oh Larry, This is just a beautiful capture. It looks like one could just just the velvety softness of the flower. An instant fav. :>)) Leslie

  • Thanks Leslie, I appreciate your comments…Did you hear from Vickie?

    – Larry Trupp

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 5 years ago

    lovely shot Larry and great information, well covered

  • Thanks Vickie, much appreciated

    – Larry Trupp

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture Larry!! These lady slipper orchids are so delicate and you have captured this so well in this close-up shot!! Great work Larry…and thank you for the information…especially its state flower and provincial flower status!! This will come in very handy some day!! Hint!!

  • Thanks Blair, always a real pleasure to receive and read your comments, much appreciated

    – Larry Trupp

  • sstarlightss
    sstarlightssover 5 years ago

    Fabulous close up, Larry! Beautiful orchid!

  • Thanks Claudia, much appreciated

    – Larry Trupp

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsabout 5 years ago

    In Wildflowers of North America

  • Thanks Vickie, this much appreciated indeed…Thank you so much

    – Larry Trupp

  • BlueMoonRose
    BlueMoonRose17 days ago

    I love the fairy tale quality of this beautiful flower!

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