Rose Pogonia

Nuffer, Barbara
June 2008
New York State Conservationist;Jun2008, Vol. 62 Issue 6, p7
The article offers information on Pogonia ophioglossoides (Jussineu) commonly known as rose pogonia. It is a native wild orchid frequently found in acidic, boggy areas. The rose pogonia's pink flowers appear in early summer. Each flower has three pink petals and three petal-like sepals and smells like fresh raspberries. The central sepal is modified into the labellum. The labellum's fringe gives it a bearded appearance; hence its generic name, Pogonia, which is a Greek word meaning beard.


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