Lady's Slipper

Cypripidium acaule
Family Orchidaceae

* Flower shaped like a shoe, pink, sometimes white in the mountains.
* Leaves large and paired, with parallel veins, located at base of stem.
* Height: To 1'.

Natural History:
* Flowers in June.
* Habitat: Dry woods, low elevation.
* Range: Eastern Canada and United States.
* Native.

* Lady slippers are rare and illegal to pick. They have very small, light seeds, enabling them to be carried by the wind.

* "Everywhere now in dry pitch pine woods stand the red lady's slipper over the red pine leaves on the forest floor, rejoicing in June, with their two broad curving green leaves - some even in swamps. Uphold their rich, striped red, drooping sack."
- Henry David Thoreau, 1856



Created by: Allaire Diamond and Jiasuey Hsu
Maintained by: Nick Rodenhouse
Created: July 31, 1998
Last Modified: November 21, 2008