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Platanthera leucophaea (Prairie white fringed orchid)
Sherman, Doug

Platanthera leucophaea

Platanthera leucophaea (Nutt.) Lindl.

Prairie white fringed orchid, Eastern prairie fringed orchid, White prairie fringed orchid

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

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.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit:

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White

Distribution

USA: IA , IL , IN , ME , MI , MO , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , VA , WI
Canada: MB , ON
Native Habitat: Bog/Fen

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil pH: Alkaline (pH>7.2)
CaCO3 Tolerance: High

Benefit

Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2008) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 12 - Great Lakes Ecological Assessment: Threatened, Endangered, or Sensitive Species (2012) USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Platanthera leucophaea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Platanthera leucophaea in the Flora of North America (if available)
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Metadata

Record Modified: 2012-10-11
Research By: TWC Staff

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