Large Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid
Cypripedium pubescens /Orchid
May 7, 2005
This is a very beautiful woodland orchid. There are two other yellow Lady's Slipper Orchids in Tennessee, the Small Yellow and the Southern varieties. The twisted sepals on this flower help distinguish it from the others. These plants were about 18" tall. I found them in the Smokies. I was so excited when I saw them, I squealed with delight. I startled a poor unsuspecting photographer who was focusing on these flowers behind a large boulder!
***Update*** While attending a photography workshop in April 2006, I was stunned to learn that some moron had dug up these beautiful plants! It made me sick to learn I'd never be able to enjoy those spectacular flowers again. Some people can be so dumb and selfish!
Where seen:Great Smoky Mountains NP, Frozen Head SP, University of Tennessee Arboretum