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HIMALAYAN SLIPPER ORCHID

Himalayan Slipper Orchid is a terrestrial orchid found in the Himalayas, at altitudes of 3000-4300, from Uttarakhand to SE Tibet. The plant grows to a height of 20-30 cm. Flowers are 5 cm in diameter, with a bag-like ovoid hanging lip that is heavily streaked with purple. The lip's mouth is wavy or toothed with a saw. The lip is bigger than the petals. There are white petals and sepals, with red lines. The petals are slightly oblong, extending outward. The flowers are bigger than the leafy bracts. The plant has a lance-shaped leaves of 3-4 elliptics, 7-9 cm long. Flowers: from June to July.

Himalayan Slipper Orchid

The local names are Himalayan Slipper Orchid, Himalayan Cypripedium, lady's slipper, moccasin flower, slipper orchid, camel's foot, Venus boot, squirrel's foot, steeple hat, and whippoorwill shoe.

This is an uncommon flora found in flowers valley. Although the flowering period is June to August, after some effort, you will find it in Valley of flowers from July 1st to July 3rd. Provided that you know the flower's exact location. This is so unusual that you need a guide who knows where it is. You will find it just before crossing the wooden bridge next to the official Valley of Flowers starting point, you can see Cypripedium's tiny colonies Himalaicum on your left side. You need to walk on your left few yards (Away from the main path), it is not available right on the way.

Quick info:

Location in the valley of flowers: In June month, they can be found near the streams of the valley of flowers, especially near Pushpawati River bed.
Flowering season: June to July
Himalayan Slipper Orchid

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