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Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Platanthera ciliaris (L.) Lindl.
Yellow fringed orchid, Orange-fringed orchid, Orange plume
Synonym(s): Blephariglotis ciliaris, Habenaria ciliaris
USDA Symbol: PLCI2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
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
, 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.
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Mt. Cuba Center
- Hockessin, DE
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1229
Collected 2008-11-06 in Jasper County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Record Last Modified: 2012-09-30
Research By: TWC Staff