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Lady's Slipper Orchid Stamp

Lady's Slipper Orchid Stamp Maximum Cards
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Stock #: 430017
Type: Postcard
Era: Continental Chrome
Postmark: 1984 Mar-5
PM City: Miami
PM State: FL
Stamp: 20c
Size: 4" x 5.75" (10.25 x 15 cm)

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The scientific name for the Lady's Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium Calceolus - well describes the appearance of the plant itself. The name, Calceolus, is a Latin noun meaning "a little shoe," making reference to the orchid's unusual "shoe-like" shape. Indeed, delicately set atop a short, leafy stock, the flower of this orchid has the very appearance of a tiny, velvet-soft slipper. However, the Lady's Slipper has been known by many other names as well ... including such titles as Noah's Ark ... Whippoorwill-shoe ... Monkey Flower ... and Nerve Root. Yet, this radiant orchid is remarkable in more ways than by its shape alone. It is also one of the very few orchids that can be found in North America, Europe and Asia. In addition, the Lady's Slipper can be observed growing along warm swampy marshes and bogs near the ocean ... or as high as 12,000 feet in the thin, chilly air of the Himalaya Mountains. The Lady's Slipper orchid is indeed a remarkable plant. In fact, the United States Postal Service issued the colorful postage stamp that is affixed to the front of this Maximum Card to honor this lovely orchid