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Trois Pistoles, Sabot de la Vierge (Lady Slipper) wild orchid. | by Marie-Marthe Gagnon
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Trois Pistoles, Sabot de la Vierge (Lady Slipper) wild orchid.

Cypripedioideae

Lady's Slipper Orchids

An orchid of the genus Paphiopedilum

Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae

Order: Asparagales

Family: Orchidaceae

Subfamily: Cypripedioideae

Lady's slipper orchids, lady slipper orchids or slipper orchids are the orchids in the subfamily Cypripedioidea. They are characterised by the slipper-shaped pouches (modified labellums) of the flowers – the pouch traps insects so they are forced to climb up past the staminode, behind which they collect or deposit pollinia, thus fertilising the flower.

The lady's slipper is also known in the United States of America as the moccasin flower, from its resemblance to a shoe or moccasin.

Source: Wikipedia

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Taken on June 4, 2010