(pronounced: pog-GOH-nee-ah)


subtribe Pogoniinae, of unknown affinity. Historically Pogonia was treated as a broadly defined genus that included species now placed in Cleistes, Isotria and Triphora.

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Terrestrials with slender, fibrous roots. Leaves solitary halfway up the plant. Inflorescences elongate, terminal, scapose, few-flowered racemes. Flowers pink. Sepals and petals free, spreading, subsimilar, the petals held subparallel to the column. Lip unlobed, bearded. Column without a foot, elongate, slightly bent upwards at the middle, without a rostellum, the stigma three-lobed; pollinia 2, mealy, with simple pollen grains.


A circumboreal genus of two species.

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Thien, L. B. and B. G. Marcks 1972. The floral biology of Arethusa bulbosa, Calopogon tuberosus and Pogonia ophioglossoides (Orchidaceae). Canad. J. Bot. 23:19-25.