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Rose Pogonia Orchid (Arethusa ophioglossoides) by Vickie Emms

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SOLD Greeting Card to unknown buyer – January 14, 2012 – thank you!

August 5, 2011

Featured in A Place to Start – July 31, 2011

Featured in Wildflowers of North America -February 23, 2009
Featured in Endangered Plants – January 17, 2009

The Rose Pogonia Orchid, aka Snakemouth Orchid grows in bogs and fens.
The solitary flower blooms at the top of a short stem. These plants are no more than about 6-8" tall. There is a single leaf near the base of the stem.

Loss of native orchid species and their habitat is a significant environmental problem in Manitoba, Canada as it is all over the world. Habitat loss is the primary threat to native orchid species. Most of our orchid species grow in or adjacent to wetlands and Manitoba has lost 70% of its wetlands since 1900. Another critical orchid habitat, for our three endangered species, is the Tall Grass Prairie. We have less than 1% of our Tall Grass Prairie remaining. Agriculture and housing development, resource extraction such as logging and mining, and wetland drainage are all major causes of habitat loss. Failure to thrive, including an inability to reproduce sexually due to pollinator loss, disease and environmental stress, are all related to habitat loss and/or modification
They are rare due to forestry cutting, destruction of their habitat and loss of wetlands. They are very particular to the areas they can survive.

Photographed in south-eastern Manitoba where I live.
Taken from my calendar Manitoba Roadside Wildflowers

Self taught photographer enjoying retirement in travel and meeting fellow members of Redbubble.

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  • Tracy Faught
    Tracy Faughtalmost 6 years ago

    Wow that is so pretty! This is the first time I have ever seen or heard of these beauty’s! Well, there you go I, learned something new today. :]
    Fantastic capture Vickie!

  • I had the hardest time finding any information on these little guys, so I copied what I had in a previous upload, then found a little more about them. They also grow in Ontario, but what I found interesting is that they stop at the Manitoba/Saskatchewan border, weird eh? If you live around bogs, have a look. Thanks for your comments hon

    – Vickie Emms

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 6 years ago

    Ooooo – such a pretty pastel color!!!! A remarkable find – just lovely!!!!!

  • You know what Lori, they grow right here where I live in a secret place. I don’t tell cause people would dig them up. I think they are so pretty. Thanks for your comments, hon

    – Vickie Emms

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconalmost 6 years ago

    Wow! What a fantastic shot Vickie! And equal to this shot is the wonderful information you have provided on this orchid! Just fantastic!!!!!

  • thank you so much Blair. You know I spent about half an hour just trying to find suitable information on them, for Manitoba. They are so pretty and I know where they grow right here at home,,,,,,,,not in my yard tho :-))))

    – Vickie Emms

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconalmost 6 years ago

    To me, that’s what makes this group so valuable Vickie! I am so impressed with what’s getting uploaded here and the amount of information is incredible!!! I’m learning things that I never knew and would have taken me forever to glean from a dozen or so sources of information. This is really the best!!!

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconalmost 6 years ago

    I’ll have to watch out when I’m driving now when I get back to Canada or i’ll find myself in the ditch somewhere or lost even, looking at or for wildflowers!! Lol!!

  • I hope so, lol. Actually I have a photo of me in Waterton, taken by a friend we met there from Idaho (internet) and she took my picture kneeling down amongst the beautiful wildflowers :-)) You wouldn’t look out of place at all!

    – Vickie Emms

  • Kay  G Larsen
    Kay G Larsenalmost 6 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful!

  • thank you so much Kay

    – Vickie Emms

  • PrairieRose
    PrairieRosealmost 6 years ago

    Gosh……….this is so nice to find and even better to photograph!! Really exquisite shot Miss Vickie………………..

  • thank you very much Rose, I actually have to get down on my knees in wet bog to capture these little guys, they are that precious to me, lol

    – Vickie Emms

  • DottieDees
    DottieDeesalmost 6 years ago

    WOw…so beautiful! I just can’t imagine an orchid growing in the wild…they have to be so pampered in the house here it seems…love that you have a secret place to photograph!! lol

  • thank you Dottie,,,,

    – Vickie Emms

  • ian taylor
    ian tayloralmost 6 years ago

    fantastic shot

  • I appreciate your comment Ian, thank you very much

    – Vickie Emms

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 6 years ago

    So very delicate Vickie – wonderful shot and a terrific description

  • thank you Kala and for the feature, I am totally honored again

    – Vickie Emms

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