Platanthera candida (Rand.Morgan & Ackerman) R.M.Bateman 2003

Flower Closeup Photos by Jim Fowler and his P-Base Orchid North American Orchid Website


Common Name or Meaning The White Platanthera - The Slender White Platanthera

Flower Size .15" [2.5 to 3 mm]

Found in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California in open rocky woodlands and grassy roadsides as a miniature to large sized, cold growing terrestrial with 2 to 4, weak and prostrate leaves often withered before blooming which is in the late spring and summer on a terminal, erect, slender, often secund, 4 to 24" [10 to 60 cm] long, 20 to 80 flowered inflorescence with faint honey scented flowers.

Plants in full sun have thick, dense inflorescence, plants in shade tend to be laxly flowered.

Synonyms Piperia candida Rand.Morgan & Ackerman 1990

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of the Pacific Northwest and Canadian Rockies P M Brown 2006 as Piperia candida; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 # 3 2017 photo fide