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Platanthera clavellata (Small green wood orchid)
Cressler, Alan

Platanthera clavellata

Platanthera clavellata (Michx.) Luer

Small Green Wood Orchid, Small Woodland Orchid

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Synonym(s): Gymnadeniopsis clavellata, Habenaria clavellata, Habenaria clavellata var. ophioglossoides, Habenaria clavellata var. wrightii


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N), SPM (N)

Platanthera clavellata is a white Platanthera species found throughout eastern North America, with a short blunt lip petal and a solitary clasping leaf on the flower stalk.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , ND , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: NB , NL , NS , PE

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.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Platanthera clavellata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Platanthera clavellata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Platanthera clavellata


Record Modified: 2014-08-04
Research By: TWC Staff

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