*Cypripedium acaule

“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter…to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring—these are some of the rewards of the simple life.”

— John Burroughs

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Photo ©2011 Jen Payne, Lady’s Slipper

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  1. do you happen to know the common name of this strange, lovely bulb? is there a native american name for this botanical creature of the wild woods in which you wander? inquiring minds want to know…


    1. Lady’s Slipper.

      From Wikipedia: Cypripedium acaule is a member of the orchid genus Cypripedium. Members of this genus are commonly referred to as lady’s slipper orchids. First described in 1700, C. acaule is commonly referred to as the Pink Lady’s Slipper, Stemless Lady’s-slipper, or Moccasin Flower. The Pink Lady’s Slipper is the provincial flower of Prince Edward Island, Canada. If the plant’s blossom does not cycle through, it will not regenerate; for this reason, it is recommended that the flower not be picked.

  2. I had no idea that was what Lady’s Slippers looked like!
    Thank you for your rambling, and your discoveries, and your photographs, and your wild weirdnesses

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