Albino Pink Ladyslipper, 4 Petaled Trillium

Albino Pink Ladyslipper, 4 Petaled Trillium

Postby Rick Baetsen » Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:14 pm

Bonnie, Emmie and I did a little posey searching today in some old haunts going back some time, one of them back to the mid 70's when I found the albino or white form of the Pink or Stemless Ladyslipper while conducting fisheries stream survey work on the Pine River in Chippewa County for the USFS.

There used to be almost two dozen of these white forms mixed in with hundreds of the pink ladyslippers, at least back in the 70's, but in recent years only a few. The past two years I have located only one each spring. There have been signs that they have been dug out by orchid collectors. Most the pink forms were just opening, but with a little time searching I found this one that was open though not yet prime and pure white yet. A few more days if the deer and other vermin do not get it.

Further down the road we checked a population of Trillium grandiflorum, the common large flowered trillium and found four individuals that had four petals rather than the normal three petals and three sepals found on the species.

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Albino/White form of the Pink Ladyslipper
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4 Petaled Large Flowered Trillium
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Re: Albino Pink Ladyslipper, 4 Petaled Trillium

Postby Dale » Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:26 pm

Nice finds Rick. The "white" stemless looks very new!

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Re: Albino Pink Ladyslipper, 4 Petaled Trillium

Postby Rick Baetsen » Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:38 pm

Very new Dale, still had green or cream pigmentation in the slipper and most the normal pink ones were cream colored yet as they opened. I was surprised to find the white form as typically they open a little later than that of the normal colored slippers. Plan to check out h-13 in the morning on way to rams head locations.
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