Platanthera lacera (Michx.) G.Don 1839

Inflorescence

Plant and Flowers Photos by Jim Fowler and his P-Base Orchid North American Orchid Website

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Common Name or Meaning The Torn Platanthera - The Green Fringed Orchis

Flower Size .6 to 1.2" [1.5 to 3 cm]

Found in Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticutt, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennesee, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Costa Rica? in open wet meadows, roadside ditches, seeps and mountain meadows as a small to large sized, cold growing terrestrial orchid with 3 to 6 cauline, lanceolate, keeled leaves that gradually reduce to bracts towards the inflorescence that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a terminal, erect, racemose, loosely to densely 12 to 40, highly variable flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Blephariglottis lacera (Michx.) Rydb. in N.L.Britton 1901; Blephariglottis lacera f. elongata (Peck) House 1923; Fimbriella lacera (Michx.) Butzin 1981; Habenaria lacera (Michx.) R.Br. ex Spreng. 1826; Habenaria lacera var. elongata Peck 1893; *Orchis lacera Michx. 1803

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 9 1970 photo as Habenaria lacera; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 40 2000 as Fimbriella lacera drawing good; Wild Orchids of the SE USA P M Brown 2004; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 10 2008

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