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Lady’s Slippers! May 13, 2009

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature, macro photos.

Here in New England our most common wild orchid is the pink Lady’s Slipper, Cypripedium acaule.   Here are a couple of shots of some particularly pale specimens, though I’m fairly certain they’re not white Lady’s Slipper (C. candidum: )

tall white slipper

The true white species isn’t found this far east these days, though their range used to extend at least into New York and Pennsylvania.

Besides, the hint of pink visible in this close-up seems to nail them as C. acaule :

little white-ish slipper

At any rate, they’re beautiful, dream-like additions to our Berkshire Spring wildflower scene.



1. Bob - May 13, 2009

Ye Olde Home Place where I grew up had an impressive stand of the pink — and even a few of the very rare yellows — up the hill from the house. I’ve always loved those.


2. littlebangtheory - May 13, 2009

I understand there’s a growth of yellows up in Catamount, but I haven’t found them yet!

3. Elsie - August 6, 2009

Yes, these are C. acaule.

4. littlebangtheory - August 6, 2009

Elsie, thanks for the positive I.D.


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