Photographer: Janice Stiefel
Cypripedium arietinum R.Br.
ram's-head, ram's-head lady's-slipper
Cypripedium: incorrect Latinization of ancient Greek words meaning "Venus's shoe"
arietinum: ram like (ram's head)
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 4"-16" tall forb; stems with thin hairs|
|Flower: ||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|
|Leaf:||lower 2-3 leaves just clasping scales, the 3-5 leaves above the
middle stalkless, lance-like to elliptical and often folded|
|Habitat: ||wet to dry; conifer woods, often under white cedar|