Letter: Protect Lady-Slipper Habitat

To the Editor:

I’m trying to raise awareness about the ram’s-head lady’s-slipper (“cypridpedium arietinum”); it’s the rarest lady’s-slipper because of its three separate sepals. Sepals are the part of the flower that protects the flower when it is a bud. All of the other lady’s-slippers have only two. The flower is identified by its reddish-colored veined lower lip, as well as its white hairs.

This flower prefers cool, moist, shaded, acidic areas, most often in white cedar swamps with well-drained soils. The flower’s blooming time of year is late May through mid June.

A way to try to save this threatened flower is if you have land that can be habitat where the flower may grow and you want it logged, try not to have it clear cut. Have it logged in small portions instead. There have been only 430 known occurrences of the flower in the United States and Canada.

Alexzandria Gritsavage

Sixth grade, Westshire Elementary

West Fairlee