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Archive for June 16, 2011

Showy Lady’s Slipper

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Showy lady’s slippers
(Cipripedium reginae), have never been common, but due primarily to habitat loss, it is even more unusual to come across them today than in the past (there are currently only 15 known populations of them in all of Massachusetts).  Look for these pink and white orchids in fens — wetlands that resemble bogs, but differ from them in that they are less acidic, have higher nutrient levels and can support a more diverse plant and animal community.  Showy lady’s slippers are at their prime right now in central Vermont.