Cleistesiopsis, or spreading pogonia, is a genus of three orchid species found in north eastern America. Despite their similar names, they are not in the same genus as the rose pogonia found from Canada to Eastern US. Flowers produced by the orchid are large and showy, ranging in color from light pale to white. The three species are endemic to eastern North America, primarily south of Virginia to Florida. However, the rosebud orchid seems to have been found in New Jersey, although rarely.
Because this was my first encounter with this genus, identifying their species was hard. As they are not as widespread as Calopogon orchids, spotting them in the Green swamp preserve was hard. After moving less at less than half a mile an hour through the longleaf pine savannah, I was able to observe four distinct populations of these orchids growing in the preserve. Some flowers were much past their primes while others were fresh. But even the ones done flowering, were still quite a sight to look at.
I would not want to hazard a guess as to the species of these orchids; if others could help me, I would be thankful.
One of my dating attempts was to photograph the inside of this orchid, it was, moderately successful!
2 thoughts on “Cleistesiopsis (genus: Spreading Pogonia)”
When you search the USDA Database website for Small Spreading Pogonia( Cleistes bifaria)
it lists synonym: Cleistes divaricata which is the Rosebud Orchid.
so going by the USDA, they indicate it is the same plant
apology for my prior email’s error
the synonym for Cleistesiopsis bifaria is Cleistes divaricata (L.) Ames “var.” bifaria Fernald / Pogonia bifaria (Fernald) P.M. Brown & Wunderlin
indicating a variety of Cleistes divaricata
so not the same species