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Showy Orchis and Yellow Lady's Slipper Found in Lost Cove

Jonathan Evans and Callie Oldfield discovered a healthy population of Showy Orchis (Galearis spectabilis) while hiking through Lost Cove. This orchid was thought to be extirpated from Sewanee, and had not been seen on the Domain since the 1960s.

While on their trip, they also spotted the Yellow Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium parviflorum) flowering for the first time. Previously, the voucher specimen for this species had been identified by basal leaves alone.

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