Platanthera nivea (Nutt.) Luer 1972



Inflorescence Perspective Photos by Jim Fowler and his P-Base Orchid North American Orchid Website


Common Name The Snowy Platanthera

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

A medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with 2 to 3 lanceolate leaves from the eastern US to Texas and Arkansas growing in swamps, pine barrens and wet grasslands and blooms on a terminal, erect, 3/4 to 1 3/4' [20 to 50 cm] long, many flowered, racemose, cylindric inflorescence with very fragrant flowers occuring in the summer.

Synonyms Gymnadenia conica Lindl. 1835; Habenaria nivea [Nutt.]Lindley 1826; Gymnadenia nivea [Nutt.] Lindley 1835; Gymnadeniopsis nivea [Nutt.] Rybd. 1901; *Orchis nivea Nutt. 1818; Peristylus niveus (Nutt.) Kraenzl. 1898;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Habenaria nivea drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 6 1981 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 11 2004 photo;