Platanthera shriveri P.M.Br. 2008

Photo by © Mark Rose and The North Carolina Wildflower Website

Another Inflorscence

Photo by © David McAdoo


Common Name Shriver's Platanthera [American Orchid Enthusiast 1900's]

Flower Size .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm]

Found in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina in partial to full shade of damp, open, mixed deciduous and coniferous woods, often along seepage springs or streams, and especially on roadside banks amid mosses, ferns, grasses, sedges, and/or nettles in mountains at elevations of 850 to 1400 meters as a medium to just large sized, cold growing terrestrial that blooms in the mid summer with an extremely long and often ascending inflorescence with highly visible spurs behind each pale frilly flower. This ascending spur orientation is unique to P. shriveri among the purple-fringed orchids.

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 10 2008 as P x keenanii photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 12 2008 photo fide