Platanthera pallida P.M.Br. 1992

Side View of Flower

Plant and Flowers in situ Long Island

Photos by © Jim Fowler and The P-Base Orchid Photo Website


Common Name The Pale Platanthera in USA - Pale Fringed Orchis

Flower Size

Found on Long Island New York on ancient dunes under pitch pine as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with an erect stem carrying 2 to 3, grading smaller above, linear-elliptic, acute, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the later summer on an erect, terminal, many flowered inflorescence

Closely related to Platanthera cristata and quoting Jim Fowler "It certainly is not like the "normal" Platanthera cristata, which it closely resembles; it is a light, lemon yellow color, whereas P. cristata (crested fringed orchid) is a darker yellow-orange (see comparison, below). It's lip takes cues from P. blephariglottis (Northern white fringed orchid) in that it tends to curve downward (concave) rather than curve forward (convex)."

Synonyms Blephariglottis pallida (P.M.Br.) Baumbach & Lückel 2009

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Schlechteriana Vol 4 No 4 1993 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000; The Wild Orchids of North America North Of Mexico P M Brown 2003 drawing/photo fide