This story is a continuation of my 5/24/13 post “Northern White Cedar Swamps, Late May”. At that time the swamp was just coming to life and Goldthread was the signature wildflower in full bloom.
Less than two weeks later, Goldthread was still prominent, but only as shiny, dark green, 3-parted leaves scattered about in the Sphagnum moss. In early June, the sequence of bloom featured Violet, Starflower and Wild Lily-of-the-valley, all very common. I was also very fortunate to find something that has been on my search list for a couple of years: a beautiful orchid in bloom, a species that is uncommon, if not rare – Yellow Lady’s Slipper.
In most eastern states, the future of the Yellow Lady’s Slipper (all species and forms) is a matter of concern. Depending on the variety and location, status classification commonly falls into a category of “endangered, threatened, exploitably vulnerable, unusual, special concern, rare”, etc. Illegal and indiscriminate collecting, habitat loss, deer browsing, and even overly zealous nature lovers and photographers all contribute to the uncertain future of this lovely species.
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