Thousands Being Spent To Save Rare Orchid

SOUTH BLOOMINGVILLE, Ohio (AP) - The state and federal governments are spending 323-thousand dollars on a flower.

The money will be used to protect a rare orchid, the endangered small whorled pogonia.

It grows in just one spot in Ohio, a Big Brothers/Big Sisters camp in Hocking County, about 40 miles southeast of Columbus.

Land is being purchased inside the camp to keep deer and hikers from disturbing the flower's habitat.

The camp's manager says he's seen the orchid bloom just once.

The plant, which is a state and federally protected species, can remain dormant for years, showing itself only when conditions are just right. It grows in only 30 to 40 sites nationwide, mostly in northeastern states.