Heart-shaped Slipper Orchid
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Heart-shaped Slipper Orchid
ative elliptic Photo: Pankaj Kumar
Common name: Heart-shaped Slipper Orchid
Botanical name: Cypripedium cordigerum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Heart-shaped Slipper Orchid is a terrestrial orchid of open woods and slopes. Found from Nepal, Bhutan, Northern Pakistan and tibet at elevations of 2100-4000 m in shady wet forests or open glades or under shrubs. It is 22-60 cm tall, with pale yellow sepal and petals with large cream/white pouch. It has a stem with 2 to 5, elliptic, well spaced leaves and blooms on a 1 or rarely 2 flowered inflorescence occuring in the summer. It is one of the threatened species in India.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed at Nagtibba, Uttarakhand and elsewhere.

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