Whorled News

Good news is always welcome in the battle for orchid conservation. I was happy to see a story in a Virginia newspaper about changes made in a hospital’s construction to save a native orchid found on the grounds. The Small Whorled Pogonia is one of the rarest orchids in North America, ranging from Ontario and Maine south to Georgia. The building will be named after the endangered orchid, hopefully providing even more awareness of its plight. This may seem like an extreme measure for one plant, but as the article points out, protecting one plant’s habitat can help other endangered species also.

If you’re interested in learning more about orchids that are native to the USA and Canada, Wild Orchids Across North America is a great read, and has a chapter devoted to the Small Whorled Pogonia.

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5 Comments on “Whorled News”

  1. nancy Says:

    nice to learn that construction workers are orchid lovers too, and like to save orchids. the pic of the orchid in the article is neat, but i think that’s the orchid name is even better. i keep saying the phrase ‘whorled pogonia’ over and over!

  2. Mark Sullivan Says:

    Wow, there are enlightened people in the world and to name the building after whorled pogonia.

  3. Robin Ng Says:

    Hooray! One orchid saved, a million to go. Thanks for the great post.

  4. Joy Blake Says:

    Whorled news! Very punny!

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