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The Flower

The Large Yellow Lady's Slipper is easily recognizable due to its
curiously formed lip which forms a  slipper and can be nearly two inches
long.  Interestingly it is one of the few flowers which has been named for
its shape.  The flowers of the plant are mostly solitary, rarely however two
to three on a plant may occur at the top of a leafy stem which are a foot or
more high.  The entire plant can reach up to 80 cm.

The Leaves

The three to five bright green leaves are strongly ribbed,
ovalshaped and sheath the stem.  The leaves are usually six to ten
inches long and two to four inches wide.

The Roots

The Lady's Slipper's roots are horizontal, crooked and fleshy with
numerous fibrous roots.  They are about a line in diameter, tufted,
brownish yellow, forming a gray powder.  The root contains a slight
unpleasant relaxing odor and has a slightly bitter and nauseous taste.
Medicinally the roots are nearly pure relaxants.  Their influence is
expended wholly upon the nervous system, which soothes and calms
the entire system easing all forms of pain growing out of local or general
irritation and inducing quiet and securing sleep.