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- n. genus of tropical American orchid species often included in genus Cypripedium or Paphiopedilum and Selenipedium: lady slippers
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The plant is a phragmipedium - you remember those, with the blooms so many of you hate.
This is a phragmipedium (another pic from the NY orchid show).
For example paphiopedilum and phragmipedium are orchid species that typically need water before they appear to actually need it.