Calopogon tuberosus
grass pink orchid

Calopogon tuberosus

Calopogon tuberosus
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Calopogon tuberosus
Common name: grass pink orchid
Synonomy: Calopogon pulchellus R. Br. ex Ait. f.
Calopogon pulchellus R. Br. ex Ait. f. var. latifolius (St. John) Fern.
Calopogon tuberosus (L.) B.S.P. var. latifolius (St. John) Boivin
Limodorum tuberosum L.
Group: monocot
Family: Orchidaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 4 - 20"
Foliage: pink to magenta with a yellow crested lip above the flower.
Flower: 1-1/2" long, usually a loose cluster of up to 4-6 blooms
Flowering time: mid-June - July
Habitat: bogs or damp meadows with wet, acid soil; open sphagnum bogs.
Range in New Jersey: throughout the State; most plentiful in the Pine Barrens and northern counties
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. USDA lists as Facultative Wetland species: Usually occurs in wetlands (estimated probability 67%-99%), but occasionally found in non-wetlands.

Usually one narrow, pointed leaf from base.

Stone notes: "The Limodorum  (Calopogon) seems to be less restricted to the bogs than either the Arethusa or Rose Pogonia, and its beautiful cluster of crimson blossoms will be found in every little damp sandy spot where Drosera filiformis and Utricularia cleistogama like to grow. As we drive over the long white sandy roads in early July these brilliant banners are almost the only touch of bright color to be seen."(373)