One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An orchid of north temperate regions, the flower of which has a lip that is a conspicuous slipper-shaped pouch.
Genus Cypripedium, family Orchidaceae: several species, in particular the large-pouched showy lady's-slipper (C. reginae), with bicolored (white and rose) flowers, and the pink lady's-slipper (C. acaule), with a deeply cleft dark pink or (rarely) white pouch
- ‘It was a tiny humming bird; he was sampling the vintages from a clump of daffodils, foxglove, trillium, and lady's slipper.’
- ‘Mr Lang, a retired veterinary surgeon, says he can still remember the thrill of seeing the lady's slipper in Yorkshire, long before it had to be heavily guarded.’
- ‘Among the natural wonders that should be protected are stag beetles, and ramshorn snails; habitats including salt meadows and oak woods; and rare plants such as the lady's slipper orchid.’
- ‘In early spring, the park is blanketed with wildflowers, including violets, may apples, spring beauties, and lady's slipper orchids.’
- ‘The North American pink lady's slipper orchid flowers during the springtime flight of the queen bumblebee.’
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