We have a number of wild orchids, but they grow at different times. The fairy slipper has come and gone, but the lady’s slipper presented itself today. Although I said there were two wild orchids, the fairy slipper comes in two varieties, eastern and western, and we get both.
Orchids are easily distinguished from other flowers by their bilateral symmetry and (usually) one highly modified petal.
The fairy slipper, which proliferates in May comes in two varieties, eastern and western. The eastern which comes first has (among its features) yellow fake stamens.
The western fairy slipper has white fake stamens.
The lady’s slipper is with us at the moment.