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Platanthera leucophaea (Nutt.) Lindl.
Prairie white fringed orchid, Eastern prairie fringed orchid, White prairie fringed orchid
Synonym(s): Blephariglotis leucophaea, Habenaria leucophaea
USDA Symbol: PLLE2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
Platanthera leucophaea is a white Platanthera with a 3-parted, deeply fringed lip petal.
Originally found in moist tallgrass prairie, sedge meadows, and bogs/fens from southern Ontario southwest to Oklahoma and southeast to Virginia, this orchid is now listed as threatened in the US and an endangered species by Canadas Species at Risk Act. Due to habitat loss, its populations are now scattered.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
, WI Canada: MB
, ON Native Habitat:
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil pH: Alkaline (pH>7.2)
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Threatened & Endangered StatusUSFWS Species Profile: Q2GGStatus:
| Threatened Historic Range:|
U.S.A. (AR, IA, IL, IN, ME, MI, MO, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, VA, WI), Canada (Ont., N.B.)Critical Habitat:
N/AThis information is derived from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Serrvice Environmental Conservation Online System
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.
Record Last Modified: 2012-10-11
Research By: TWC Staff