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Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Platanthera ciliaris (L.) Lindl.
Yellow fringed orchid, Orange-fringed orchid, Orange plume
USDA Symbol: PLCI2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Terminating a leafy stem is a large, many-flowered cluster of deep orange to bright yellow flowers with drooping, deeply fringed lip petals.
This is a very showy orchid of meadows and open woods. A more southern species, Orange Fringed Orchid (P. cristata), has a flower 3/8 of an inch (9 mm) wide and a spur 1/2-inch (1.3 cm) long, shorter than the fringed lip. Yellow Fringeless Orchid (P. integra), found in southern New Jersey and eastern North Carolina south to Florida and Texas and north to Tennessee, has orange-yellow flowers with a fringeless lip. Yellow Fringed Orchid and White Fringed Orchid (P. blephariglottis) frequently hybridize when growing together; similarly, Yellow Fringed crosses with Orange Fringed Orchid.
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MO , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , VT , WV Native Distribution:
Southern New England (rare) and New York; south to Florida; west to Texas; north to Missouri, southern Michigan, and Wisconsin. Native Habitat:
Peaty or wet, sandy woods and thickets, dry meadows and slopes. USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1229
Collected 2012-11-07 in Jasper County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2012-09-30
Research By: TWC Staff