06.21.2014 Rose Pogonia

The Grass Pink (Calopogon tuberosus) and Rose Pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides) seem to be traveling companions as I almost always find one with the other.  Both like bogs and meadows with wet soils.  This morning spot qualifies as wet which made lying on my side to get at “eye” level with this orchid a messy situation.  But, for a change, no bug spray needed for the mosquitoes as the temperature dipped to 47°F/8°C last night so all were blissfully napping.   🙂

I enjoy flowers with dew drops like these although it does obscure the floral details a bit.  I’m not complaining though and I hope you enjoy this dewy view.Rose-Pogonia-062114-600WebBTW, this flower is also known as the Snakemouth Orchid.

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About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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12 Responses to 06.21.2014 Rose Pogonia

  1. Pogonia ophioglossoides is a lot to pronounce. I like your photo here of Rose Pagonia with all of its dewy glory. I looked it up in Google and according to maps it even grows in about 20-21 counties in Texas. I had not seen this little beauty before your post. I’m learing about native orchids through your photography. You’re a wonderful teacher.

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    • Some of the Latin names are surely a mouthful, Yvonne. I’m glad my posts are showing you some new things. Maybe you will get a chance to see these around your area some time.

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  2. Just Rod says:

    Your efforts and discomfort really paid off. Beautiful flower and wonderfully dressed with dewellery (sic)

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  3. Your comment about the vernacular name snakemouth orchid is reflected in the species name ophioglossoides. Ancient Greek ophis meant ‘snake,’ glossa meant ‘tongue,” and the Greek-based suffix -oides means ‘having the appearance of.’ Putting all that together, ophioglossoides means ‘looking like a snake’s tongue.’

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  4. All spangled and be-deweld 🙂

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