Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Wordless Wednesday 97: Small White Lady's-Slipper





The small white lady's-slipper is a member of the orchid family. Unlike its larger yellow relation, this variety is a "Wisconsin threatened species". The small yellow lady's-slipper is a "Wisconsin special concern". I only saw three of these white ones in the entire 50-acre prairie, and no yellow ones, big or small.


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10 comments:

Veronica Lee said...

I've never heard of this before! How unusual Thanks for sharing this!!!

Heather said...

Hi Veronica! Lady's-slippers can be found throughout most of North America, as well as some areas of Europe and Asia, and there are nearly 50 different variety. These smaller species can be difficult to find in tall grass, so very rewarding when you spot one.

Beth F said...

My mom used to grow a variety of these. Lovely!

Heather said...

Hi Beth! I've never known anyone who grew these--how cool! I've only seen them in the wild. Last year the weather was so wonky and everything 4-6 weeks early, that I never did see any.

lisa said...

Beautiful! And informational, too. Love it!

Heather said...

Thanks, Lisa!

Indrani said...

Very unique.

Heather said...

Indrani: They are indeed! :)

Alice Audrey said...

It looks like a baby chick peeping out of an egg.

Heather said...

Hmm...okay. ;)