The Elusive Lady Slipper

 

I knew there were many varieties of orchids, but I had no idea there were sub categories as well with an amazing span of beauty and characteristics.

 

I’ve always been a fan of orchids, possibly because they’re supposedly hard to maintain, something I relate to.  This past summer I became obsessed with finding an orchid in the wild in Connecticut. Something I thought impossible, especially considering the extinction CT orchids like the lady slipper are facing.

 

On a walk with the man of my dreams the other day I came upon a vibrant lady slipper, sitting off to the side of the trail among fallen leaves.  We had stopped to sip water and I happened to look over and see this rare flower, I couldn’t believe it.  We took many pictures and continued exploring, we will go to the Airline Trail again very soon!

 

It is illegal to uproot or otherwise destroy a lady slipper, take pictures and leave it be.

 

Cypripedium

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Cypripedium arietinum

 

This resilient slipper can be found in most of Canada, New England, and the Great Lakes area.  It is commonly referred to as the Ram’s Head Lady Slipper.

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Cypripedium californicum

 

Often found in clumps or groups, this lady slipper has been known to hold up twenty one flowers on its single stem.

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