Tuesday, June 8, 2010

"Moccasin Flower" - Photo of the Day - June 8th, 2010

Moccasin Flower - Photo of the Day - June 8th, 2010
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"Moccasin Flower"

A close-up of a beautiful Pink Lady’s Slipper orchid.

Captured in Neys Provincial Park, in northern Ontario, Canada.

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Blooming in late spring, the Pink Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium acaule (Orchidaceae) ) orchid is known in the United States and Canada as the Moccasin Flower, from its resemblance to a shoe or moccasin.

This native orchid prefers acid soil such as is found in pine forests of northern Ontario.

The Pink Lady’s Slipper is the provincial flower of Prince Edward Island, Canada. In Nova Scotia, Canada it is considered endangered and is protected by law.

If the plant’s blossom does not cycle through, it will not regenerate; for this reason, it is recommended that the flower not be picked.

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