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Cleistes(iopsis) divaricata, commonly called Rosebud Orchid or the Spreading pogonia, is found throughout the southeastern United States, from New Jersey south to Florida and across the Gulf Coast to Texas. This orchid’s petals and labellum separate only near the apex, resulting in the flower’s distinctive tube-like shape. The labellum has purple to pink venation, and the olive-green or maroon sepals spread away from the flower. This orchid grows in acid soils of wet meadows and pine-dominated savannas on the coastal plain. Todays stamp showing the Spreading pogonia is from USA.