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An oversized model train speeds over the heads of visitors to guide them through 200 species of orchids. Eight displays mounted among the lush blooms tell how the "king of fragrant plants" has evolved from one of the world's rarest flowers to a mass-consumption product.
Lady Slippers describes the orchids in the subfamily Cypripedioidea, which includes the genera Cypripedium, Mexipedium, Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium and Selenipedium. They are distinguished by their slipper-shaped pouches (modified labellums), which function by trapping insects so that they are forced to climb up past the staminode, behind which they collect or deposit pollinia. This subfamily has been considered by some (Rasmussen, 1985) to be a family Cypripediaceae, separate from the...
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