Painting of a Lady's Slipper Orchid Cypripedium acaule Print
Painting of a Lady's Slipper Orchid Cypripedium acaule Print

Painting of a Lady's Slipper Orchid Cypripedium acaule Print

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The Pink Lady's Slipper Orchid, Cypripedium acaule, is one of the best known of all the hardy orchids. Its large (2-3") pink, mocassin shaped flowers resembling a swollen egg. The pouches are pink with raspberry colored veins, and an opening through which pollinating insects travel. There is no nectar, and insects have to find their way through the pouch and out the back. They probably soon learn there is little nectar available in Lady's Slippers and avoid the flowers, which may be why so few are pollinated in the wild. Flowers are singular on medium height spikes, and topped by green and brownish maroon sepals. It is a late Spring, early Summer bloomer, and flowers can last up to a month or more. Flower spikes benefit from staking, and protection from the wind. Two wide, long elliptical leaves rise from the base of the plant. They are rich green above and silvery green below. They are corrugated by thick, parallel veins. In their natural habit, Pink Lady's Slipper Orchids grow in open, upland woods, above bogs and fens, usually under pines.

   This is a Giclee Print of a painting of the Pink Lady's Slipper Orchid, Cypripedium acaule. The original illustration is an acrylic painting on acid-free Strathmore Bristol Board paper. The print is on glossy photo paper. It is an 8 x 11 inch print. The artist has created botanical illustrations for publications that have been published by the New York Botanical Garden and the University Press of Florida.