Cypripedium arietinum R.Br.
Family: Orchidaceae
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Jeff Hapeman  
Etymology: Cypripedium: incorrect Latinization of ancient Greek words meaning "Venus's shoe"
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-16" tall forb; stems with thin hairs
Leaves: lower 2-3 leaves just clasping scales, the 3-5 leaves above the middle stalkless, lance-like to elliptical and often folded
Flowers: 6-parted, pouch 1/3"- 1" long, whitish with strong red veins becoming all dark red toward the bottom; petals and sepals purplish-brown to brown often with green stripes; solitary flower; blooms May-June
Habitat: wet to dry; conifer woods, often under white cedar
Conservation Status: Threatened
Cypripedium arietinum
Cypripedium arietinum image
Scott A. Milburn  
Cypripedium arietinum image
Janice Stiefel  
Cypripedium arietinum image
Jeff Hapeman  
Cypripedium arietinum image
Scott A. Milburn  
Cypripedium arietinum image
Janice Stiefel  
Cypripedium arietinum image
Jeff Hapeman  
Cypripedium arietinum image
Christopher Noll  
Cypripedium arietinum image
Botanical Illustration  
Cypripedium arietinum image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Cypripedium arietinum image
Christopher Noll