Rare, endangered orchid found in Sussex County forest

Rare orchid, New Jersey

WILLIAM WESTHOVEN / NORTHJERSEY.COM – The Garden State is living up to its nickname as a “globally rare” orchid has been discovered in Stokes State Forest.

Commonly known as the small whorled pogonia and scientifically named Isotria medeoloides, a single plant was found growing on stony ground in the Sussex County state park within Kittatinny Mountain Range near the Delaware River, confirmed biologists with the Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Natural Lands Management.

Martin Rapp, a biologist with the DEP’s Office of Natural Lands Management, found it on June 6 while surveying potential sites that could support the small whorled pogonia …

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