Platanthera blephariglottis (Willd.) Lindl. 1835 Photos by Jim Fowler and his P-Base Orchid North American Orchid Website

Flower Closeup Photo by Mike Abrams

Plant in situ Photo by Zachary Bradford

P blephariglottis var consipcua Photo by Carl Luer

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Common Name The Eyelash-Like Lipped Platanthera - In US White Fringed Orchid

Flower Size about 1/2" [1.25 cm]

A medium sized, cold growing terrestrial orchid of the northeastern US to michigan and Canada that is found in thickets along streams and swamps, with 2 to 3, elliptic to lanceolate, green keeled, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the late spring and summer on a terminal, erect, to almost 3' [90 cm] long, many [15 to 20] flowered, racemose inflorescence with slender, lanceolate, longer to somewhat shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying fragrant flowers.

The variety conspicua occurs from New Jersey south to Florida and southwest to Texas and differs from the species in being a larger plant with longer more robust inflorescence and larger better spaced flowers and the fringed lips more often than not bend upwards at the tip.

Synonyms Blephariglottis alba House 1906; Blephariglottis alba var. conspicua (Nash) W.J.Schrenk 1977; Blephariglottis blephariglottis [Wild.] Rydb. 1901; Blephariglottis blephariglottis var. holopetala (Lindl.) Rydb. 1901; Blephariglottis conspicua (Nash) Small 1903; Habenaria blephariglottis (Willd.) Hook. 1824; Habenaria blephariglottis f. holopetala (Lindl.) J.Rousseau & B.Boivin 196; Habenaria blephariglottis var. conspicua (Nash) Ames 1908; Habenaria blephariglottis var. holopetala (Lindl.) A.Gray 1867; Habenaria ciliaris var. holopetala (Lindl.) Morong 1893; Habenaria conspicua Nash 1896; *Orchis blephariglottis Willd. 1805; Orchis ciliaris var. alba Michx. 1803; Platanthera blephariglottis f. holopetala (Lindl.) P.M.Br. 1988; Platanthera blephariglottis var. conspicua (Nash) Luer 1972; Platanthera blephariglottis var. holopetala (Lindl.) Torr. 1843; Platanthera ciliaris var. blephariglottis (Willd.) Chapm. 1860; Platanthera conspicua (Nash) P.M.Br. 2002; Platanthera holopetala Lindl. 1835

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 4 Ames 1910 as Habenaria blephariglottis; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 4 Ames 1910 as Habenaria blephariglottis var conspicua; Native Orchids of North America Correll 1950 as Habenaria blephariglottis drawing fide; Native Orchids of North America Correll 1950 as Habenaria blephariglottis var integrilabia drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Native Orchids of Florida Luer 1972 drawing/photos fide; The Native Orchids of the United States and Canada Luer 1975 drawing/photos fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 11 1979 photo as Platanthera blephariglottis; Schlechteriana Vol 4 No 4 1993 as Platanthera blephariglottis; Schlechteriana Vol 4 No 4 1993 as Platanthera blephariglottis var conspicua; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 No 4 1994 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 39 2000 as Blephariglottis albiflora drawing ok;

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