Today I went in search of more orchids. I started out at Belair Provincial Forest. The orchids I was looking for reside in dry pine forests, unlike most other Manitoba orchids. It was extremely hot today. In fact it was so hot even the mosquitos did not venture out. Only mad dogs and orchid nuts go out in the mid day sun.
I found what I was looking for. Moccasin-flower or Pink Lady’s-slipper as it is sometimes called. I don’t really think they look pink. More maroon I would say.
The name for orchids is derived from the Greek word ὄρχις (orchis)which means testicle. Looking at the moccasin flower you might think you knew why. But you would be wrong. The name actually was used in reference to the underground tuberoids of orchis that are supposed to resemble testicles.
2 thoughts on “Moccasin-flower”
We tell an Ojibway legend at the art gallery about how it got the name moccasin flower. It is a legend about a girl who saves the people of her village and in the process loses her mocassins and suffers great pain.
I like that story. I always wondered why it was called moccasin flower.