Platanthera lacera (Michx.) G.Don 1839


Plant and Flowers

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


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 ; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 4 Ames 1910 as Habenaria lacera drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Native Orchids of North America Correll 1950 as Habenaria lacera drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 9 1970 as Habenaria lacera photo fide; The Native Orchids of the United States and Canada Luer 1975 drawing/photos fide; The Native Orchids of the United States and Canada Luer 1975 as P lacera var terra-novae not = P x andrewsii; Schlechteriana Vol 4 No 4 1993; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 4 1993 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 #4 1994 as P Lacera var terrae-novae; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000 as Fimbriella lacera drawing good; Wild Orchids of the SE USA P M Brown 2004; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 10 2008 photo fide; AOS Bulletin vol 78 No 8 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 81 #6 2012 photo fide;