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Adopt the southern lady's-slipper

Cypripedium kentuckiense

Vulnerable according to NatureServe

Protected under Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

Habitat: Forested wetlands, near streams and creeks

The southern lady's-slipper is named for its dainty, slipper-shaped bloom, like something straight out of a fairy tale. This lovely orchid calls the southeastern United States home, where it grows in shady floodplain forests near streams and creeks. Sadly, its beauty has attracted unwanted attention: the plant is often picked from the wild to be sold into private collections. As a result of poaching and habitat loss, it is believed that populations of this rare gem have declined by up to 30%.

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