|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.
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.
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|