One of the most decorative and well-known extra-tropical orchid species is the round one 30 Species comprehensive, Genus Cypripedium colonizing large areas of Eurasia and North America. While the Frauenschuh relationship in floristically impoverished Central Europe (Effects of ice ages and climate fluctuations over the course of the year) is only represented by one species, shows them in both North America and the East- and Southeast Asia a much richer development. The presumed development center of the genus is in the southwest- and central China, so in one area, in which the area of this is north- Temperate-subtropical widespread clan with that of the predominantly tropical Paphiopedilum relationship. These very different spreading conditions are expressed on the one hand in the deciduous foliage of the lady's slipper species (Winter cold!), on the other hand in the evergreen, relatively soft foliage of the Venusian shoe species (wintermildes, humid climate!).
Cypripedium calceolus, the well-known lady's slipper, is a plant of light forests and bushes on moderately fresh, mostly calcareous, but also neutral to moderately acidic soils. Contrary to all Central European customs, this "lady's slipper" lives in North America – however in the subspecies "parviflorum" - predominantly swampy and boggy locations. But also the C, which is revered as the national flower of the state of Minnesota. Reginae stands in the damp peat moss with his distinctive pink slippers.