Dragon's mouth

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Dragon's Mouth
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Arethusa bulbosa, Black Fen.jpg
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Family: Orchidaceae
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Tribe: Arethusae
Subtribe: Arethusinae
Genus: Arethusa
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Species: A. bulbosa
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Arethusa bulbosa, or dragons mouth, is the only species in the orchid genus Arethusa. The genus is named after a naiad of Greek mythology.

drawing from Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913.
Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada.

This terrestrial and very rare orchid occurs in the temperate regions of North America, mainly in Eastern Canada and Eastern USA. It occurs in bogs, swamps and other lowland humid places. It grows to a height of 15 cm. It forms a large, single, pink terminal flower, with a showy lip and white and yellow fringed crests.

Dragon's mouth
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