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Letter: A Lady’s Slipper By Any Other Name

To the Editor:

I thoroughly enjoyed Nicola Smith’s piece on Lady’s Slippers, (“Lady’s Slippers All in Bloom,” June 22) as I had visited Eshqua Bog just two days before and knew nothing about the history of the site. We are reminded by Henry Homeyer of the importance of learning the botanical names of plants in order to avoid confusion. Smith uses two common names, but we must be made aware of the Latin name, Cypripedium regiinae, as there are many flowers called “Lady’s Slippers.”

On the subject of pollen, orchids clump pollen grains with a waxy substance into pollinia. There are usually more than one, so the singular, pollinium is rarely used.

Margie Cook

Twin State Orchid Society

Thetford Center

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