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Cypripedium acaule var. alba

White lady’s slipper

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassLiliidaeIncludes lilies, orchids, and many others
OrderAsparagalesA diverse group that includes asparagus
FamilyOrchidaceaeOrchid family
GenusCypripediumLatinization (albeit an incorrect one) of ancient Greek words meaning “Venus’ shoe”
SpeciesacauleLatin for stemless, referring to the leafless flowering stem

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Cypripedium acaule var. alba description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Cypripedium acaule (white lady’s slipper)

6/15/1984 · Fishing Trip, Maine