A leafy stalk topped by an elongated, dense or sparse cluster of pure white flowers with a deeply fringed lip petal.
The appropriate species name derives from Greek and means “fringe-tongued.” Other white Platanthera species include Small Woodland Orchid (P. clavellata), found throughout eastern North America, with a short blunt lip petal and a solitary clasping leaf on the flower stalk; Round-leaved Orchid (P. orbiculata), with greenish-white flowers and two roundish, basal leaves, found in Canada and the northern United States and in the mountains of the South; Prairie White Fringed Orchid (P. leucophaea), with a 3-parted, deeply fringed lip petal, found on wet prairies of the Midwest; and Snowy Orchid (P. nivea), which has an unfringed lip petal.
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