Cypripedioideae

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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16 Responses to Cypripedioideae

  1. Timothy Price says:

    It looks like a punk rocker flower. Nice photo!

  2. Ooooo, an extra pretty one today, Teri

  3. 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.

  4. ChgoJohn says:

    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. 😦

  5. Nancy says:

    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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