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Platanthera cristata (Crested yellow orchid)
Cressler, Alan

Platanthera cristata

Platanthera cristata (Michx.) Lindl.

Crested Yellow Orchid, Orange Fringed Orchid

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Synonym(s): Blephariglotis cristata, Habenaria cristata


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Platanthera 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.

Platanthera cristata frequently hybridizes with P. ciliaris where they occur together.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Orange
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AL , AR , CT , DE , FL , GA , KY , LA , MA , MD , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA

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.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-04-25
Research By: TWC Staff

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