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  • 🍀 Nuts About Conservation 🌳
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💫 P H O T O  @matthewcicanese
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S P E C I E S: Pink Lady’s Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium acaule), Virginia USA 🇺🇸
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S T A T U S: species of special concern
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F A C T S:
They are a “species of special concern” because they grow in a very limited range of ecological and soil conditions, they don’t transplant well, and are sensitive to environmental change. Found in mixed hardwood coniferous forests of pine and hemlock, on rocky/mossy slopes, and in semi-open or deep humus. There are about 50 species worldwide. 
D I D  Y O U  K N O W:
Native American folklore tells the story of a young maiden who ran barefoot in the snow in search of medicine to save her tribe, but was found collapsed on the way back from her mission with swollen, frozen feet. As a result, beautiful lady slipper flowers then grew where her feet had been as a reminder of her bravery. In addition to inspiring folklore, lady slipper roots were also widely used by Native Americans as medicinal herbs.
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Because orchid seeds don’t carry their own food supply (like other flowers), they have evolved to live in symbiosis with a fungus in the soil. When first germinating, the fungus taps into the seed like an IV at the hospital and passes on food/nutrients to the seed of the Lady’s Slipper Orchid. Once older, the mature plant contributes nutrients back to that same fungal network, which will serve future generations of that species.
TOP REASONS FOR DECLINE
In recent years, the poaching of this plant has started to become more prevalent as collectors and sellers seek out this beautiful flower.
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C O N S E R V A T I O N (What you can do)
If you are lucky enough to stumble across one of these beautiful wild orchids by chance in the spring, please respect their habitat and observe from a distance. If we all show this species respect, and keep their locations unknown to the public (and poachers alike), then perhaps this species can carry on for future generations to come… (text from the photographer)

Posted by Hub Owner Caroline @⁣Cowpi32
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#PinkLadysSlipperOrchid 
#raw_orchids 🍀 Nuts About Conservation 🌳 . 💫 P H O T O @matthewcicanese . S P E C I E S: Pink Lady’s Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium acaule), Virginia USA 🇺🇸 . S T A T U S: species of special concern . F A C T S: They are a “species of special concern” because they grow in a very limited range of ecological and soil conditions, they don’t transplant well, and are sensitive to environmental change. Found in mixed hardwood coniferous forests of pine and hemlock, on rocky/mossy slopes, and in semi-open or deep humus. There are about 50 species worldwide. D I D Y O U K N O W: Native American folklore tells the story of a young maiden who ran barefoot in the snow in search of medicine to save her tribe, but was found collapsed on the way back from her mission with swollen, frozen feet. As a result, beautiful lady slipper flowers then grew where her feet had been as a reminder of her bravery. In addition to inspiring folklore, lady slipper roots were also widely used by Native Americans as medicinal herbs. . Because orchid seeds don’t carry their own food supply (like other flowers), they have evolved to live in symbiosis with a fungus in the soil. When first germinating, the fungus taps into the seed like an IV at the hospital and passes on food/nutrients to the seed of the Lady’s Slipper Orchid. Once older, the mature plant contributes nutrients back to that same fungal network, which will serve future generations of that species. TOP REASONS FOR DECLINE In recent years, the poaching of this plant has started to become more prevalent as collectors and sellers seek out this beautiful flower. . C O N S E R V A T I O N (What you can do) If you are lucky enough to stumble across one of these beautiful wild orchids by chance in the spring, please respect their habitat and observe from a distance. If we all show this species respect, and keep their locations unknown to the public (and poachers alike), then perhaps this species can carry on for future generations to come… (text from the photographer) Posted by Hub Owner Caroline @⁣Cowpi32 . 🍃 #nuts_about_nature⁣ 🌳 #nuts_about_conservation⁣ . #matthewcicanese_nan . #pinkladysslipperorchid #raw_orchids
  • 🍀 Nuts About Conservation 🌳 . 💫 P H O T O @matthewcicanese . S P E C I E S: Pink Lady’s Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium acaule), Virginia USA 🇺🇸 . S T A T U S: species of special concern . F A C T S: They are a “species of special concern” because they grow in a very limited range of ecological and soil conditions, they don’t transplant well, and are sensitive to environmental change. Found in mixed hardwood coniferous forests of pine and hemlock, on rocky/mossy slopes, and in semi-open or deep humus. There are about 50 species worldwide. D I D Y O U K N O W: Native American folklore tells the story of a young maiden who ran barefoot in the snow in search of medicine to save her tribe, but was found collapsed on the way back from her mission with swollen, frozen feet. As a result, beautiful lady slipper flowers then grew where her feet had been as a reminder of her bravery. In addition to inspiring folklore, lady slipper roots were also widely used by Native Americans as medicinal herbs. . Because orchid seeds don’t carry their own food supply (like other flowers), they have evolved to live in symbiosis with a fungus in the soil. When first germinating, the fungus taps into the seed like an IV at the hospital and passes on food/nutrients to the seed of the Lady’s Slipper Orchid. Once older, the mature plant contributes nutrients back to that same fungal network, which will serve future generations of that species. TOP REASONS FOR DECLINE In recent years, the poaching of this plant has started to become more prevalent as collectors and sellers seek out this beautiful flower. . C O N S E R V A T I O N (What you can do) If you are lucky enough to stumble across one of these beautiful wild orchids by chance in the spring, please respect their habitat and observe from a distance. If we all show this species respect, and keep their locations unknown to the public (and poachers alike), then perhaps this species can carry on for future generations to come… (text from the photographer) Posted by Hub Owner Caroline @⁣Cowpi32 . 🍃 #nuts_about_nature⁣ 🌳 #nuts_about_conservation⁣ . #matthewcicanese_nan . #pinkladysslipperorchid #raw_orchids
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