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I love watching wildflowers and the spring in Algonquin seems to be an excellent time of the year to do so.
When you visit Algonquin in the spring and if you pay attention you might see this wildflower once in a while. It's called the Pink Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium acaule). It's a native orchid found in the eastern part of North America. I had seen a few of these a couple of weeks earlier in Killarney park, but there were quite a few more here in Algonquin. I found these in the wooded area on the shores of Mizzie Lake.
The flower is quite special as it functions as a "bumblebee trap." The orchid has a pouch-like lip which is incurved from either side. This is forming a 'trap door' that admits any insect heavy enough to fall through. The door only opens inwards, so the insect is forced to exit the flower through a tunnel at the back of the flower. This is a genius system of the flower to get pollinated.
Directions: Mizzie Lake Trail at 15.4 kilometers from the West Gate of Algonquin Park.
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