(Linnaeus) Britton, Sterns, and Poggenburg
Calopogon, Grass Pink
|Location||Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba.|
Ranges extensively in eastern North America south to Cuba and the Bahamas. .
The Ottawa district is the northern part of the distribution of this orchid. It is a species of Deciduous, Mixed and Southeastern Coastal Plain Forest Regions and adjacent edges of Boreal Forest. It is normally in unshaded sites such as fens, soggy marl flats, or lush mats of sphagnum moss.
|Flowering Season||Mid June to August.|
Height: 10-35 cm.
Unlike most other orchids, there is no twist in the ovary, so the lip is uppermost in the flower. The lip is also unusually hinged at the base so that it bends forward when a bee settles upon it; thus, the insect is thrown down on its back against the column and becomes smeared with a sticky substance from the stigma. As the bee crawls out, the terminally located pollinia become attached to its sticky dorsal surface. When the bee alights on another Calopogon, the pollinia are transferred to the stigma of that flower.
Orchids of Ontario
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