Native Orchids of North America


The little white ladies slipper orchid is currently being researched, both in-situ and ex-situ, at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s plant laboratory. Cryopreservation of seeds from this species is carried out to conserve the Nebraska genotypes for future reintroductions.

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s plant laboratory has also directed their focus to the Great Plains ladies tresses orchid. In-situ reintroductions have been made at Wildlife Safari Park and additional reintroductions are planned for regional reserves in 2014.

In collaboration with the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Fontenelle Forest, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has initiated a new project involving little yellow lady slipper orchids, a native species known from only one population in Nebraska. All organizations are working together on this in-situ and ex-situ conservation project to ensure proper propagation, DNA studies, plant community census, soil analyses, symbiont isolation and future reintroductions are carried out.