Lady’s slipper orchids (also known as lady slipper orchids or slipper orchids) are orchids in the subfamily Cypripedioideae, which comprises the genera Cypripedium, Mexipedium, Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium and Selenipedium.[1] 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 fertilizing the flower.  via Wikipedia

What I’ve always wondered is this…who in the world decided this orchid looked like any slipper that any woman would wear?  Seriously!  Name origins aside, they are very interesting looking orchids with a plan for survival.

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  1. #1 by Timothy Price on March 24, 2016 - 9:45 am

    It looks like a punk rocker flower. Nice photo!

    • #2 by imagesbytdashfield on March 24, 2016 - 9:58 am

      Thanks. When I look at it I think either Elton John in his heyday or an alien space ship 😉

  2. #3 by snapsbynina on March 24, 2016 - 9:51 am

    nice picture!

  3. #5 by milfordstreet on March 24, 2016 - 10:21 am

    Ooooo, an extra pretty one today, Teri

    • #6 by imagesbytdashfield on March 24, 2016 - 10:23 am

      Thank you, Tim 🙂 They look as if they could take off flying.

  4. #7 by Tuxedo Sophisticated Cat on March 24, 2016 - 10:47 am

    The wild lady slipper is Minnesota’s state flower. It has become pretty rare to find them and it is illegal to pick them. They sure are beautiful.

  5. #9 by neihtn2012 on March 24, 2016 - 2:26 pm

    Wow! So pretty!

  6. #11 by ChgoJohn on March 25, 2016 - 11:01 am

    Great shot, Teri. I love Lady Slipper orchids and even had them in a corner of my yard. The severe winter of 3 years ago did them in. 😦

    • #12 by imagesbytdashfield on March 25, 2016 - 8:15 pm

      Try again?

      • #13 by ChgoJohn on March 26, 2016 - 11:38 am

        I dunno, Teri. I’ll need to find a better, more sheltered, spot before I do. They sure were pretty, though. 🙂

      • #14 by imagesbytdashfield on March 26, 2016 - 6:14 pm

        You can do it! Don’t let the weather beat you! The orchids are depending on you!

  7. #15 by Nancy on March 26, 2016 - 9:31 am

    Pretty photo but…
    it looks like it could be a flower the Band Kiss would plant.
    Okay… that was just WRONG!

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