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David Albeck's Photos of Lady's-Slipper Orchids

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At least five species of lady's-slipper orchid grow wild in New England, but the only one I've seen so far is Cypripedium acaule, called the pink lady's-slipper. As you can see, they range in color from pure white to a deep purple. Shades of pink are most common, but I tend to photograph the more extreme colors, since they're more interesting.

The purest white ones seem to be albinos: they have no pigment (other than green and white) anywhere. The almost-pure-white ones have some dark pigment in their sepals, though less of it than the ordinary pink ones.

The other four regional species (which I haven't found yet) are C. parviflorum, yellow lady's-slipper, C. reginae, showy lady's-slipper, C. arietinum, ram's-head lady's-slipper, and C. candidum, white lady's-slipper.

This page is arranged in two sections: first, blooms arranged by petal color, with the darkest flowers first and palest last. Next, a section of buds and fruit, with the youngest buds first and the ripest fruit last. Note that emerging flowers are always white - the petals darken as they mature.


Click a thumbnail to see a full-size photo. Follow the text links to see the original gallery for each photo.

Lady's-Slipper Orchids: Blooms by color

From dark to white

See also buds and fruit

pink lady's slipper
local park
pink lady's slipper
local park
pink lady's slipper
May Flowers
pink lady's slipper
(no album)
pink lady's slipper
local park
pink lady's slipper
May Flowers
pink lady's slipper
local park
pink lady's slipper
Lady's Slippers
pink lady's slipper
Prospect Hill
pink lady's slipper
local park
pink lady's slipper
local park
pink lady's slipper
Local Pond
pink lady's slipper
The Pinnacle
lady's slipper
Mt Osceola
lady's-slipper
Mt Tripyramid
mutant lady's-slipper
Baldface Range
lady's slipper
Lady's Slippers
pink lady's slipper
local park
pink lady's slipper
Lady's Slippers
pink lady's slipper
Mt Jefferson
pink lady's slipper
Presidential Range
lady's slipper
Baldface Range
lady's-slipper
Mt Tripyramid
pink lady's slipper
Presidential Range
lady's-slipper
Mt Tripyramid
pink lady's slipper
The Horn
pink lady's slipper
Presidential Range
pink lady's slipper
Mt Jefferson

 

Lady's-Slipper Orchids: Buds and Fruit

From buds to mature fruit

See also blooms by color

pink lady's slipper scapes
Blue Hills
pink lady's slipper bud
Pack Monadnock
pink lady's slipper bud
Pack Monadnock
pink lady's slipper bud
Pack Monadnock
pink lady's slipper bud
Kearsarge South
pink lady's slipper bud
Prospect Hill
pink lady's slipper
Prospect Hill
pink lady's slipper
Lady's Slippers
lady's slipper fruit
Mt Tripyramid