One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An orchid of the northern hemisphere whose purple or yellowish-green flowers have a fringed lip.
- ‘In the proposed Burke Branch Wilderness, for instance, visitors can discover six-foot-tall cinnamon ferns, the rare whorled pogonia, and the last known mesic barren in North America.’
- ‘"Small Whorled-Big Mission" shows Marines training in woods populated with the small whorled pogonia.’
- ‘Small whorled pogonia is currently designated as Threatened in its entire range.’
Modern Latin, from Greek pōgōn beard + -ia.
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