Showy Orchis Rediscovered at Sewanee

Showy Orchis (Galearis spectabilis) is an orchid native to the deciduous forests of eastern North America. Two basal leaves encircle the stem, and flowers are pink and white. Showy Orchis can start blooming in April, and flowers are pollinated by bumblebees.

Showy orchis found by Jon Evans and Callie Oldfield in Lost Cove, SewaneeThe last sighting of Showy Orchis on the Sewanee Domain was in the 1960s in Dick Cove. As it was never sighted since then, the Sewanee Herbarium speculated on whether it had been extirpated from the Domain.

Showy orchis found by Jon Evans and Callie Oldfield in Lost Cove, SewaneeHowever, during an April 26 visit to Lost Cove, Dr. Evans and I discovered a healthy population of Showy Orchis in Lost Cove! We are glad to know this orchid is still present and flourishing on the Domain!

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About Callie Oldfield

I was a Post-Baccalaureate Fellow for the Sewanee Herbarium from Winter 2015-Summer 2016. I am currently a PhD student studying Plant Biology at the University of Georgia.

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