Large Yellow Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium pubescens)

Posted by on May 4, 2012 in Blog | 1 comment

Large Yellow Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium pubescens), Natural Bridge State Park, Kentucky, USA

Large Yellow Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium pubescens)

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Large Yellow Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium pubescens) is a member of the Orchidaceae or Orchid family.  This is a robust, densely downy perennial that grows from 8- to 32-inches tall.  The stem leaves are veiny, oval to lance-head or spear-head shaped, from 2- to 8-inches in length and half as wide.  Sepals and twisted petals are greenish yellow, spreading, lance-shaped, from 1- to 3.5 inches long.  The lip forms a large, bright yellow pouch that is purple spotted within, more than 1-inch long.  This is the “Lady Slipper” in the flower’s name.  It is found in open woods and on rocky slopes.  It is found in most of the eastern US excepting the southern Coastal Plain.  It flowers in April and May.

Large Yellow Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium pubescens), Natural Bridge State Park, Kentucky, USA

Large Yellow Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium pubescens)

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One Comment

  1. Excellent shots Mark. The colors are spot on and the textures in the leaves work well.
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