There are over 700 plant species in Prince William Forest Park. From the smallest wildflower to the tallest tree, each species has a special role to play in this forest ecosystem. Several of the plant species in Prince William Forest Park are at their distributional limits; southern species are found this far north and northern species are found this far south. From the top of the forest canopy to the bottom of Quantico Creek, forest ecosystems act as entire communities.
A Small Flower With Big Power
The small-whorled pogonia, a federally listed threatened species, has been identified in the park. Because of its rarity, specialized habitat criteria, and proximity to developed areas, the management of this species is critical to ensure its continued survival.