Family, Orchis. Color, purplish or crimson veined with white. The 3 sepals, entirely free, are of a brownish pink or purple. They are long and narrow, and curve so as to suggest the horns on a ram's head. Petals, 2 similar. Lip, a pocket or slipper, of a dull purple mottled with white veinings, showing a little green at the toe. Flowers, terminal, single. Stem, 8 to 12 inches high. Leaves, 3 or 4, dark green, ovate or elliptical, 6 to 8 inches long, regularly parallel-veined, pointed. May to August. (See Variegated Flowers, p 371.)
In cold, moist woods, rare and local, from Main to Massachusetts, New York, and westward to Minnesota. It is a fortunate person who finds the ram's head lady's slipper. It might be easily recognized, for it does not take a lively imagination to see, in the lip, the mouth and head of a ram, while the long, curving sepals make the horns.