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This genus of orchids occurs primarily in temperate regions of the world. They are perennial herbaceous plants. The roots are coarsely fibrous and the stems are erect. The leaves are alternate in a single basal pair or subopposite and cauline on the middle of the stem. The base of the leaf is sheathing to the stem. Flowers are terminal and solitary with large bracts. The lip forms an inflated pouch and the remaining petals and sepals are spreading. The fruit is a ribbed capsule.
Plants in Genus:
|Cypripedium acaule||Cypripedium calceolus||-||-|