Endangered Species: Save Our Species Information - Small Whorled Pogonia
This orchid is one of the rarest in the United States. People who collect plants love it because it is so rare. It usually grows alone in open areas within hardwood forests. For years, this plant was found all over the eastern half of the country, but it began to disappear when forests were cleared for development. Small populations of this species now exist in only 10 states.