Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Rose Pogonia
Pogonia ophioglossoides
Family: Orchidaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  E
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S1

Open bogs and wet marshy meadows, grassy seepage slopes.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Early May to mid July.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Flowers of this orchid are rose-pink (rarely white) and the lip is also red-veined and bearded with yellow hairs. The lateral petals spread to the side and are 15-22 mm in length. The sepals and the petals are similar (unlike Cleistes which has narrow spreading sepals unlike the petals). The plants bear a single leaf toward the middle of the stem that is lanceolate.

The habitat for this species is especially sensitive to changes in hydrology and not likely to withstand much alteration. Grazing or browsing pressure, vegetation removal, hydrologic changes (i.e. stream alterations road construction) would be detrimental. Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species and should be removed. Avoid creating access to the site through trail or road construction.

Global Range:

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Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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