Etymology: Cypripedium: incorrect Latinization of ancient Greek words meaning "Venus's shoe"
Plants: erect, perennial, 16"-40" tall forb, hairy; stems leafy
Leaves: elliptical, clasping, heavily ribbed, hairy
Flowers: 6-parted; pouch 1"- 2" long, white with pink, streaked with dark red outside, purple inside; petals and sepals white, flat, oblong; inflorescence of 1-3 flowers; blooms June-July
Habitat: wet; woods, bogs, fens, conifer swamps of mostly cedar
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Special Concern
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 9, Wetland Indicator = FACW+ WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USGS - Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center: Wetland Plants and Plant Communities of Minnesota and Wisconsin Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"