Lesser Yellow Lady's Slippers

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I put on the boots Friday morning and made the hike out to check on our Small Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchids (Cypripedium parviflorum, var. Parviflorum). These are a variation of the more common Yellow Lady's Slipper. They are a bit smaller and much more rare, occurring in only 2 - 3 sites in Ohio. They were further along than I had expected. I have found only 5 plants with 2 bloomers the past two years at this site. The 2 that have bloomed are spaced so far apart that pollination is unlikely without human intervention.

I only made a few snapshots because I didn't really expect them to be in full bloom.

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Thanks for looking.
 
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Sorry I missed this, Mike. They are very attractive. What distinguishes them from the more common variety of yellow lady's slipper?

We annually visit a couple of stands at higher elevation (3800-4200 feet) that are quite small and don't usually bloom until early June. I wonder if they are the same variety?

There is a photo here.
 

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