What a treat to find the spring bloom of a Pink lady’s slipper (Cypripedium acaule). This orchid has a symbiotic relationship with a particular soil fungus. Due to the need for this soil fungus and the fact that Pink lady’s slipper has a very low rate of fertilization, this is one plant which is to be admired wherever it chooses to grow. It does not transplant successfully.
Here’s a closer view of the orchid’s blossom.
After blooming, the flower turns brown. If fertilization occurred, the ovary becomes a green seed capsule, covered by a green bract.
Watch this video to see the development of Pink lady’s slipper (Cypripedium acaule) through one year of its life cycle and to learn more about its reproductive process.