Cypripedium acaule

Common Names: Pink lady's slipper, Stemless lady's-slipper, moccasin flower
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Orchids

Unlike most other species of Cypripedium, the pouch of C. acaule opens in a slit that runs down the front of the labellum rather than a round opening. The plant consists of two plicate leaves near the ground. From between those leaves sprouts a long, pubescent stalk that bears a single pink flower. The sepals and petals tend to be yellowish-brown to maroon with a large pouch that is usually some shade of pink but can be nearly magenta. The white pouched-green petaled forma alba can occasionally be found mixed in with normal populations.

It is usually found in pine forests, where it can be seen in large colonies, but it also grows in deciduous woods.

Primary Flower Color: Pink
Secondary Flower Color: White
Edible Notes: Not edible.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.