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

Flower Closeup Photo by Nicholas Plummer

Plant in situ Photo by Zachary Bradford

Comparison drawing of P ciliaris [a], P chapmani [b] and P cristata [c] Drawing by © Folsom and The AMO Herbaria Website

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Common Name or Meaning The Combed Platanthera - The Yellow Crested Orchid

Flower Size .2 to .3" [5 to 7 mm]

Found in Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas in open wet measdows, roadside ditches and seeps and pinewoods as a large sized, cold growing terrestrial with 2 to 4 cauline, lanceolate leaves that are rapidly reduced to bracts towards the inflorescence that blooms in the late spring through late fall on a terminal, erect, racemose, to 32" [to 80 cm] long, loosely to densely, 30 to 80 flowered inflorescence carrying fragrant flowers

Synonyms Blephariglottis cristata (Michx.) Raf. 1836; Habenaria cristata (Michx.) R. Br. 1813; *Orchis cristata Michx. 1803; Platanthera cristata f. straminea P.M.Br. 1995

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 4 Ames 1910 as Habenaria cristata; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Native Orchids of North America Correll 1950 as Habenaria cristata drawing fide; Drawings of Florida Orchids Blanche Ames 1959 as Habenaria cristata drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Native Orchids of Florida Luer 1972 drawing/photos fide; ORQUIDEA (Méx.) 9(2): 1984 drawing/photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of North America Williams 1983; Schlechteriana Vol 4 No 4 1993; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000 drawing good; Wild Orchids of the SE USA P M Brown 2004; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 7 2004 photo;

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