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Yellow Lady Slipper


Scientific Name     

Cypripedium calceolus L.

Family Name

Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

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Characteristics:  

Habitat:  

bogs, swamps and rich woods

Plant Height:  

30-70 cm, erect stem

Flower Color:  

yellow

Flower:  

lip petal about 5 cm long; upper petals 2, spirally twisted; sepals, 1 above lip, 2 united below lip; subtended by leafy bract; ovary inferior; 1 style; stamens 2; staminodes 1 

Inflorescence:  

solitary flower 

Fruit:  

many seeded capsule

Leaves:  

alternate; entire; sessile; reaching 20 cm in length; reaching 10 cm wide 

Bloom Time:  

May-July 

Origins:  

native

Other:  

Native American used roots for medicinal purposes; being almost wiped out by collectors, it is now too rare to be used medically; The classification of native C. calceolus has not been settled, depending on what sources are used, there are several recognized varieties or varieties are separated into species, the Flora of North America lists 2 North American species, C. parviflorum and C. pubescens.