Rare orchid flowers in the quad of the Michael Smith Building
A rare and beautiful plant is currently flowering in the quad of our very own Michael Smith Building. Due to the interest of plant enthusiasts and herbarium collectors, the Lady’s Slipper Orchid was reduced to a population of just one plant back in the 1980s, but is now available for the viewing pleasure of all at the Faculty.
However, the plant is not only of an aesthetical interest. As a rare plant, and as part of a larger species that finds itself constantly under threat, the orchid is also very useful to an MPhil student in the Faculty who is working to aid the propagation of the plants.
Both the research and the plant are fascinating, so please follow this link to read more about our orchid.