Platanthera praeclara Sheviak & M.L.Bowles 1986

Plant and Flowers

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


Common Name The Western Praire Fringed Orchid

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Manitoba, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri and Oklahoma in wet praires, fen and open plains as a medium to large sized, cold growing terrestrial orchid with 2 to 5, cauline, lanceolate, keeled, reduced in size to bracts towards the inflorescence that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a terminal, erect, racemose, 16 to 38" [40 to 95 cm] long, loosely to densely 10 to 24 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Blephariglottis praeclara (Sheviak & M.L.Bowles) Baumbach & Lückel 2009; Fimbriella praeclara (Sheviak & M.L.Bowles) Szlach. & Rutk. 2000; Habenaria leucophaea var. praeclara (Sheviak & M.L.Bowles) Cronquist in H.A.Gleason & A.Cronquist 1991

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 1 1999 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 10 2004 photo; Wild Orchids of the Praire's and Great Plains regions of North America P M Brown 2006