2014 Wildflowers and Wild Plants
Sweden, Maine

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June 4 (bloom)
Small Whorled Pogonia (Isotria medeoloides).  I first found this plant last fall just off the path below the house. It had me puzzled, but I finally decided it had to be the Isotria, which is listed as a rare plant in Maine (see documentation).

I marked the site of the plant last fall and was pleasantly surprised when I saw it appear again this spring. The photo to right is from May 22. The shoot is about 1 inch tall.

The bloom is starting to open on June 4. A little out of focus, but you can see the 3 short arching sepals (one vertical at the top and two beneath the white portion).

I was contacted by a state botanist/ecologist who is interested in seeing the plant and, perhaps, helping me look for others nearby. I have since found out that there is a population of about 30 plants about 3 miles from here.

According to my Peterson's, the plant may lie dormant for 10 - 20 years before reappearing. I feel fortunate that it returned the year after I first found it. I wonder how long it has been at this location. I also wonder how it got here.

View from the top.
Photo from June 5
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