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Meet The Ladies: The Slipper Orchids
Cypripedium kentuckiense: Kentucky lady's slipper
Kentucky lady's slipper occurs across the southern US from Virginia to Texas in widely separated populations.
Photo by Jason Singhurst, Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Courtesy of Flora of North America.
Cypripedium kentuckiense is a large, showy orchid with stems up to about 28 in. in length. The stems have about 5 leaves and bear a single flower when mature. The pouch of the large flower is creamy to pale yellow with greenish purple-mottled petals.
Photo by Thomas Philipps, Sabine National Forest, USDA Forest Service.
Cypripedium kentuckiense grows in southern hardwood forests on damp, low-lying areas near springs and in flood plains in acidic, sandy, and well-drained soils.
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