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For the junior homonym Calceolaria Heist. ex Fabr., see Cypripedium.

Calceolaria bilatata flowers.jpg
Calceolaria bilatata
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Calceolariaceae
Genus: Calceolaria
Synonyms[citation needed]
  • Fagelia Schwencke 1774

Calceolaria (/ˌkælsiəˈlɛəriə/[1][2][3]), also called lady's purse, slipper flower and pocketbook flower,[4] or slipperwort, is a genus of plants in the family Calceolariaceae, sometimes classified in Scrophulariaceae by some authors. This genus consists of about 388 species of shrubs, lianas and herbs, and the geographical range extends from Patagonia to central Mexico, with its distribution centre in Andean region.[5] Calceolaria species have usually yellow or orange flowers, which can have red or purple spots.[4] The Calceolaria Herbeohybrida group, also called C. herbeohybrida Voss, is a group of ornamental hybrids known only in cultivation, called florists slipperwort.[6]


Calceolaria contains the following species:[7]


  1. ^ "Calceolaria". Unabridged. Random House. Retrieved 2016-01-22.
  2. ^ "Calceolaria". Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2016-01-22.
  3. ^ Sunset Western Garden Book, 1995:606–607
  4. ^ a b "Botanica. The Illustrated AZ of over 10000 garden plants and how to cultivate them", pp. 166-167 Könemann, 2004. ISBN 3-8331-1253-0
  5. ^ Stephan Andersson (2006). "On the phylogeny of the genus Calceolaria (Calceolariaceae) as inferred from ITS and plastid matK sequences". Taxon. 55 (1): 125–137. JSTOR 25065534.
  6. ^ USDA GRIN Taxonomy, retrieved 24 April 2016
  7. ^ "Calceolaria". The Plant List. Retrieved June 12, 2013.

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