Lady's Slipper Orchid

One of the most unique characteristics of a ladyslipper is its pouch, which is designed to force insects to brush against the ladyslipper's staminode and thus gather or deposit pollinia. This helps the orchid reproduce. The pouch resembles a slipper, which is how the flower got its name.

 

Canon EOS 50D + EF 70-300mm

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Taken on December 11, 2011