Platanthera limosa Lindl. 1840

Photo by © Rodolfo Hernandez

Full shade ColdSummer

Common Name or Meaning The Muddy Growing Platanthera - Thurber's Bog Orchid

Flower Size .4” [1 cm] long

Found in Arizona, New Mexico, Mexico and Guatemala in bogs, along streams and in wet forests at elevations of 2000 to 3700 meters as a small to giant sized, cold growing terrestrial with fleshy tuberous roots giving rise to an erect stem carrying 5 to 10, lanceolate, acute, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, erect, 3'4" to 16' 8" [1 to 5 meters] long, laxly 50 or more flowered inflorescence with longer than the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms Coenoemersa limosa (Lindl.) R.González & Lizb.Hern. 2010; Gymnadenia propinqua A.Rich. & Galeotti 1845; *Habenaria limosa (Lindl.) Hemsl. 1884; Habenaria orizabensis A.Rich. & Galeotti 1845; Habenaria thurberi A.Gray 1868; Limnorchis arizonica Rydb. 1901; Limnorchis thurberi (A.Gray) Rydb 1901; Platanthera guatemalensis Schltr. 1918; Platanthera neottioides A.Rich. & Galeotti 1845; Platanthera propinqua (A.Rich. & Galeotti) Soto Arenas & Salazar 2011;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 4 Ames 1910; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 4 Ames 1910 as Habenaria limosa; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 4 Ames 1910 as Habenaria orizabensis drawing fide; Native Orchids of North America Correll 1950 as Habenaria limosa drawing fide; Orchids of Guatemala Ames & Correl 1952 as Habenaria limosa drawing ok; The Native Orchids of the United States and Canada Luer 1975 drawing/photos fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of North America Williams 1983; Orchids of Guatemala and Beliz Ames & Correll 1985 as Habenaria limosa drawing ok; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 as P volcanica drawing fide/photo ok;