The lady’s slipper orchids are characterized by a modified petal which forms a pouch resembling a woman’s slipper. The purpose of the slipper is to temporarily trap pollinators. When a pollinating insect slips into the pouch, it must climb out, collecting and leaving pollen as it goes. This pendant is based on the lady’s slipper orchid Cypripedium calceolus, a species widely distributed in woodland environments in Europe, including the Leutra Valley of central Germany.

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