Platanthera stricta Lindl. 1835 Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding


Common Name Slender Bog Orchid - The Rigid Platanthera - The Green Bog Orchid

Flower Size about 3/8" [1 cm]

Found in the western US and Canada as a small to medium sized, cold to cool growing terrestrial that blooms on a stout, leafy, 3/4 to 2 1/4' [20 to 70 cm] long, loosely many flowered, racemose inflorescence with fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Habenaria borealis var. viridiflora Cham. 1828; Habenaria convallariifolia var. dilatatoides (Hultén) B.Boivin 1967; Habenaria gracilis (Ledeb.) S.Watson 1877; Habenaria gracilis Schltr. 1925; Habenaria neomexicana Tidestr. in I.Tidestrom & T.Kittell 1941; Habenaria saccata Greene 1895; Habenaria saccata var. gracilis (Lindl.) B.Boivin 1967; Habenaria septentrionalis Tidestr. 1941; Habenaria stricta (Lindl.) Rydb. 1897; Limnorchis gracilis (Lindl.) Rydb. 1901; Limnorchis saccata (Greene) Á. Löve & Simon 1968; Limnorchis stricta (Lindl.) Rydb. 1900; Limnorchis viridiflora (Cham.) Rydb. 1901; Orchis dolichorhiza Fisch. ex Lindl. 1835; Platanthera dilatata var. gracilis Ledeb. 1852; Platanthera dilatata var. viridiflora (Cham.) Ledeb. 1852; Platanthera dolichorrhiza (Fisch. ex Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1851; Platanthera gracilis Lindl 1835; Platanthera gracilis (Ledeb.) Kraenzl. 1899; Platanthera hyperborea var. dilatatoides Hultén 1937; Platanthera hyperborea var. gracilis (Lindl.) Luer 1975; Platanthera hyperborea var. viridiflora (Cham.) Luer 1975; Platanthera saccata (Greene) Hultén 1968; Platanthera stricta var. gracilis (Lindl.) Hultén 1943

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 4 Ames 1910 as Habenaria saccata collection sheet fide; ; Native Orchids of North America Correll 1950 as Habenaria saccata drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 5 1960; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 9 2007 photo