Platanthera leucophaea [Nutth.] Lindley 1835 Photo courtesy of Marcia Whitmore

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Common Name The White Brown Red Platanthera - In USA Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in the central portion of the USA and Canada as a cold to cool growing, terrestrial orchid found in damp meadows, lake margins and sphagnum bogs with 2 to 5 leaves and blooms on an erect, terminal, 1 to 3' [30 to 90 cm] long, several flowered, racemose inflorescence with fragrant flowers occuring in succession and having lanceolate floral bracts all expected in the spring and summer.

Synonyms Blephariglottis leucophaea (Nutt.) Rydb. 1901; Fimbriella leucophaea (Nutt.) Butzin 1981; Habenaria leucophaea (Nutt.) A. Gray 1867; *Orchis leucophaea Nutt. 1837;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 6 1962 photo; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 ; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 5 1984 photo ; Schlechteriana Vol 4 No 4 1993; Orchid Australia Vol 11 No 1 1999 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 40 2000 as Fimbriella leucophaea drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 6 2003 photo;

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