Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

    Cypripedium pubescens

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    cypripedium pubescens

    Etymology

    From Greek "Kypris" Aphrodite; "pedilon" shoe

    Family

    Traditional name

    Used parts

    Tincture of the root

    Classification

    Plantae; Spermatophyta, Angiospermae - Flowering Plants; Monocotyledonae; Liliiflorae / Liliidae; Orchidales; Orchidaceae - Orchid Family

    Keywords

    Original proving

    Introduced by Hale, New Remedies; Clarke; A Dict. of Mal. Med. Vol. I, 653; Hering: Guiding Symptoms, Vol. 5, 78.

    Description of the substance

    Identification:
    Flower yellow, large. Lower petals forming a hollow, pouchlike structure (slipper). Slipper about 2 inches long. The leaves are alternate. Leaves can reach 20cm in length (8inches). Leaves can be as wide as 10 cm (4inches). Each leaf is entire.
    Two lateral "petals" elongate and twisted, upper "petal" wider, slightly arched over the flower. Flower solitary at the top of the plant. Stem with a single green leaf somewhat overhanging the flower. A pair of large, ovate-elongate leaves at the base of the plant. Plant 1.5 to 2 feet in height.

    Parts used: dried root and rhizome
    Collection: This plant is a protected species and must not be collected in the wild.
    Constituents: volatile oil, resins, glycosides, tannins

    Many of the Cypripedium lady's slipper species are endangered and have proven very difficult to cultivate; even just collecting the flower alone may be enough to kill the plant, and transplantation from the wild is rarely successful