May. 27, 2018

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Here's an older shot from the same location.  Goose Creek Grasslands is a Michigan Nature Association preserve in the Irish Hills.  It's near Cement City, which makes sense because this plant and cement factories share a common environmental factor - marl.  When the Goose Creek acquisition was in the works, an adjacent property was also being considered.  Unfortunately, someone went into it with ORVs and destroyed that area.  

While white lady-slipper is rare or protected across its range, it is no longer listed federally.  There are now quite a few preserves that include this species, and it is reasonably well protected.