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In the Pink - too | by Brian (aka treehugger_007 )
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In the Pink - too

One of the most common native orchid species in Maine is the Pink Lady's-Slipper, Cypripedium acaule. These beautiful wildflowers are found in mature White Pine -Hemlock woodland remnants throughout the state.


Our native terrestrial orchids are remarkable plants. From the moment of germination, the endosperm of the orchid seed establishes a life long symbiotic relationship with a soil mycorrhizal fungus. The fungus helps the orchid take up sugars and other necessary nutrients and the fungus continues to grow. Without one, the other dies.


For years these native orchids have been dug up for the nursery trade, only to die in people's gardens. When you see our native orchids, please only take photos.


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Taken on May 26, 2008