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

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Mike Abrams

Plant en situ Photo courtesy of Zachary Bradford

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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 Eastern US and Canada that is found in thickets along streams and swamps, with 2 to 3, elliptic to lanceolate leaves and blooms on a terminal, erect, to almost 3' [90 cm] long, many [15 to 20] flowered, racemose inflorescence with fragrant flowers and slender floral bracts occuring in the late spring and summer.

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 ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; 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;