Pink lady’s slipper (Cypripedium acaule)

Pink lady's slipperWhat 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.

Pink lady's slipperAfter blooming, the flower turns brown.  If fertilization occurred, the ovary becomes a green seed capsule, covered by a green bract.

Pink lady's slipperWatch 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.

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(Here’s the same video as posted on YouTube.)

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1 Response to Pink lady’s slipper (Cypripedium acaule)

  1. Marta says:

    Very nice video that illustrates basic plant terms in an engaging way.

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