Rose Pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides)

Rose pogonia is a species of orchid occurring from eastern Canada to the east-central and eastern United States.

Rose Pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides)

It is also called Snakemouth.

Rose Pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides)

It grows in sphagnum bogs (often in the wettest parts), fens and wet meadows.

Rose Pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides)

The rose-pink flowers are about 3/4 of an inch long.

Rose Pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides)

There is usually only one flower and it has a yellow-bearded lip.

Rose Pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides)

The pink sepals and petals are about the same size.

Rose Pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides)

A leaf-like bract grows below the flower.

Rose Pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides)
Rose Pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides)

The latin name Pogonia means “beard” referring to the yellow-bearded lip.

Rose Pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides)

The species name “ophioglossoides” comes from “orphis” meaning “snake”, “glassa” meaning “tongue” and “eidos” meaning “like”.

Rose Pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides)

Miles Hearn

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