|Smaller whorled pogonia|
Photo by Susan R. Crispin
Small orchid (5-20 cm) of swampy woods; superficially similar to cucumber root (Medeola virginiana) with 5-6 whorled leaves, but stem glabrous, glaucous and hollow; flower sessile with 3 short green sepals and a white lip.
Status and Rank
- State Status: X - Presumed extirpated (legally 'threatened' if rediscovered)
- US Status: LT - Listed Threatened
- State Rank: SX - Presumed extirpated
- Global Rank: G2 - Imperiled
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Updated 05/08/2013. Information is summarized from MNFI's database of rare species and community occurrences. Data may not reflect true distribution since much of the state has not been thoroughly surveyed.
The smaller whorled pogonia is known from a single locality in southwest Lower Michigan in low flat woods. It has not been seen in many years despite thorough surveys by expert botanists, though it may persist in other unsurveyed localities.
Natural Community Types
Silver maple, red maple, swamp white oak, cinnamon fern, royal fern, skunk cabbage, marsh-marigold, mosses, sensitive fern, black ash, American elm, white ash, red ash, tamarack, red maple, yellow birch, spicebush, and prickly ash.
Prevent excessive logging and minimize human impact. Additional surveys in suitable habitat in the vicinity of the original collection are recommended.
General Survey Guidelines
Random meander search covers areas that appear likely to have rare taxa, based on habitat and the judgement of the investigator.
- Meander search
Survey Period: From third week of June to third week of June
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