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From Greek "Kypris" Aphrodite; "pedilon" shoe
Tincture of the root
Plantae; Spermatophyta, Angiospermae - Flowering Plants; Monocotyledonae; Liliiflorae / Liliidae; Orchidales; Orchidaceae - Orchid Family
Introduced by Hale, New Remedies; Clarke; A Dict. of Mal. Med. Vol. I, 653; Hering: Guiding Symptoms, Vol. 5, 78.
Description of the substance
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