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Lady slipper Orchids

When it comes to names 'Lady Slipper Orchids' is one that needs a little explanation. If we ask 'What is a Lady Slipper Orchid' we can end up with totalyy different species.

The fascinating world of Lady Slipper orchids all of these come from the sub family Cypripedioidea and the actual species includes plants from the following the following genus:

  • Cypripedium. (see Cypripedium 'Frosch Hybrid pictured right)
  • Mexipedium.
  • Paphiopedilum.
  • Phragmipedium.
  • Selenipediums. .

It is a little sad to read articles where these very different species are all lumped together, it gives the impression that all Lady Slippers are Paphiopedilum or Cypripedium, depending on the author, this is misleading. Pictured top right we have a Selenipedium Orchid. While below that we have Paphiopedilum crossianum, both are Lady Slippers.

So when we talk about Lady Slipper orchids it is best to use the botanical names as a far amount of difference can be seen between the species.

As with many orchids, hybridisation has given us more variety than nature intended, however the species themeselves are fascinating.

Some of these orchids are common, while others are almost extinct in the wild. Cypripedium calceolus is one such species.

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