Breaking news! 05/07/14
A New County Was Added to the List of Known Florida Counties for the Rare Florida Native Orchid, Calopogon multiflorus.
Prem Subrahmanyam, curator of the Florida Native Orchid website, Facebook page, and blog, was exploring an area
of the Apalachicola National Forest on Sunday, May 4, 2014 near
Tallahassee, Florida (Leon County). In a recently prescribed burned
area, he found a small population (8 individual plants) of the rare
orchid species, Calopogon multiflorus, commonly known as the
Many-flowered Grass Pink. This species was recently upgraded from
endangered to threatened with the latest guidance released by the
Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Appropriate
officials have been contacted to let them know about this newly
discovered population. The previously closest known population to this location was 30 miles away in Liberty County, Florida.
The gallery page for this species on the
Florida Native Orchid page has been updated with a new photograph taken
of a member of this population, along with an updated map. Those can
be viewed at the following link:
This brings to four the number of species that Prem Subrahmanyam has
been the first to discover growing in Leon County, Florida. Previous
first discoveries were Platanthera flava, Platanthera ciliaris, and
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