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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.

2 responses

  1. Shiela

    Hi. Mary! We’re just home from a fabulous sail out in the San Juan Islnds in the Northwest. No Lady’s Slippers did we spot there. But kept thinking of the fen in Sharon. So I can’t help asking if you took these lovely shots at our fen? or… Great to be home again, though I suspect they’re now past their prime :-))

    July 7, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    • Hi Shiela,
      I took the pictures of the showy lady’s slippers at Eshqua Bog…they’re definitely past their prime, but you might still have a few flowering in your fen!

      July 7, 2011 at 4:14 pm

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