Wednesday 29 May 2019

Mountain Ladyslipper

    Another of our local orchids that is presently in bloom is the Mountain Ladyslipper (Cypripedium montanium )  Some of them are growing, and spreading around my pond along the path.  I also see them growing along the ditch beside the road because they like disturbed areas.  In the reference book I have it says they can take up to 15 years to flower, but they bloom a lot quicker around here.  
    I always felt the long twisted purplish sepals (leaf-like structures coming off of the flower) gave a sinister feel to the fragile white “slipper” part of the bloom.  I have done one painting of the Mountain Ladyslipper 

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