Platanthera brevifolia (Greene) Senghas 1973 Photos by © Julio Valdez Partida


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Plant Photos by © Russ Kleinman, Bill Norris, Kelly Kindscher, & Al Wheeler and The Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness Website

Partial shade Cold Summer

Common Name The Short Leaved Platanthera - in US The Short Leaves Rein Orchid

Flower Size .4 to .8” [1 to 2 cm] long

Found in New Mexico US, and northern Mexico in oak and pine/oak forests at elevations of 2300 to 2400 metrs as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with an erect stem carrying lanceolate, acute, basally clasping leaves that sometimes are so short to appear absent, that blooms in the summer on an erect, several flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms *Habenaria brevifolia Greene 1881; Habenaria sparsiflora var. brevifolia (Greene) Correll 1943; Limnorchis brevifolia (Greene) Rydb. 1901; Limnorchis brevifolia f. alba (P.M.Br.) P.M.Br. 2009; Platanthera brevifolia f. alba P.M.Br. 2006; Platanthera sparsiflora var. brevifolia (Greene) Luer 1975

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 drawing/photo fide; The Wild Orchids of North America north of Mexico P M Brown 2003 drawing/photo fide;