Platanthera lacera

Another nod of appreciation to Kathleen Garness for sending along a photograph from Illinois. Thank you!

Kathleen writes:

“Here in Illinois, I have seen [Platanthera lacera] in wet prairie potholes and sandy moist swales, often with marsh shield fern, marsh phlox, and grass pink orchids, Calopogon tuberosus. It’s not yet listed as threatened or endangered in our state, but still is quite uncommon, especially due to the incursion of phragmites and reed canary grass in these habitats. Some people get it confused with Platanthera leucophaea in photos, but there is such a difference in size and flowers, once you have seen them both they are easily distinguished!”

I also note that Orchids of Wisconsin also explains the difference in their factsheet on Platanthera lacera.

Green fringed orchid is native to much of eastern North America. Additional photographs are available from Missouri Plants: Platanthera lacera, and the Nova Scotia Wild Flora Society: Platanthera lacera.

Platanthera lacera

3 responses to “Platanthera lacera”

  1. Aida

    Lovely … and beautifully photographed! I have found these, or a variation of, along the marshes on my hikes of Southern Ontario.

  2. Vijay, AU, Denmark

    The photos and the information are really useful and valuable. But, also from the photographic point of view I would like to comment that the photos are rather very bright or either too much contrast. This may give an unpleasant view of the entity. Hope this will be taken care of. Thanks for the valuable efforts.
    Aarhus Univ., Denmark

  3. Kathleen Garness

    Vijay, thank you so much for the comment. The orchids range in color from light green to white, so can be difficult to shoot without decent equipment. This photo was just taken with my digital ‘point-and-shoot’ as a record of our botanizing. Someday I hope to afford better tools and end up with better photos! : )

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