Dragon’s Mouth Orchid Rediscovered On Long Island

It had been 25 long years since the state rare Dragon’s Mouth Orchid (Arethusa bulbosa) was seen on Long Island. Kim Smith, New York Natural Heritage Program State Parks Botanist was bushwacking through some wet thickets in a state park in Suffolk County when she spotted just one plant of this rare orchid. After further searching Kim did not turn up any additional plants. Now that we know they are still here we can intensify our efforts to locate more plants. Arethusa is an orchid that grows in medium to high pH wetlands and usually with sphagnum. It has been recorded from many upstate counties but wetland habitat loss has reduced its numbers.  It is very hard to see when it is not in flower and may not come up every year which limits the time when searches can be performed. It sure is rewarding to find it however since it is one of our most beautiful orchids. – Steve Young

Arethusa in the Adirondacks - Photo Steve Young

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One Comment on “Dragon’s Mouth Orchid Rediscovered On Long Island”

  1. Congratulations! What a find! A friend showed me where some grow up in the Adirondacks, and they are so very beautiful.

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