Platanthera elegans Lindl. 1835 Photo courtesy of Ron Parsons.

Common Name The Elegant Platanthera

Flower Size

Found in California at elevations of 500 to 700 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial orchid with usually paired, oblong to ovoid, potato shaped tubers giving rise to usually 2, basal, ovate to oblong leaves that wither as soon as the inflorescence is formed that blooms in the summer on a terminal, erect, to 30" [75 cm] long, rathjer slender, almost naked, loosely many flowered, racemose inflorescence carrying fragrant flowers

Synonyms Habenaria elegans (Lindl.) Bol. 1870; Habenaria elegans var. maritima (Greene) Ames 1910; Habenaria elegans var. multiflora (Rydb.) M.Peck 1941; Habenaria greenei Jeps. 1946; Habenaria maritima Greene 1892; Habenaria multiflora (Rydb.) Blank. 1905; Habenaria unalascensis subsp. maritima Calder & Roy L.Taylor 1965; Habenaria unalascensis var. maritima (Greene) Correll 1943; Piperia elegans (Lindl.) Rydb. 1901; Piperia maritima Rydb. 1901; Piperia multiflora Rydb. 1901; Platanthera elegans subsp. maritima (Rydb.) R.M.Bateman 2003; Platanthera unalascensis subsp. maritima (Greene) De Filipps 1975

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Platanthera elegans; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 40 2000 as Piperia elegans drawing good; The Wild Orchids of North America North of Mexcio PM Brown 2003 as Piperia elegans

Platanthera elegans subsp. decurtata (Rand.Morgan & Glic.) R.M.Bateman 2003 Cal Photos Website

Synonyms Piperia elegans subsp. decurtata Rand.Morgan & Glic.1993

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