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Platanthera lacera (Green fringed orchid)
Cressler, Alan

Platanthera lacera

Platanthera lacera (Michx.) G. Don

Green Fringed Orchid, Ragged Fringed Orchid

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Synonym(s): Blephariglotis lacera, Habenaria lacera

USDA Symbol: plla2

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

Whitish-green or creamy-yellow flowers with highly-lacerated, 3-parted lip petals are in spike-like clusters.

This orchid is one of the more common and widespread members of the genus. In the Nova Scotia area this species crosses freely with the Greater Purple Fringed Orchid (Platanthera grandiflora). At least 10 other greenish-flowered species occur in the East, but none with the lip so fringed. Lacera means "torn" referring to the fringed lip.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: NB , NL , NS , PE
Native Distribution: Nova Scotia and New England; south to Florida; west to Texas; north to Tennessee, Minnesota, and Ontario.
Native Habitat: Bogs, wet woods, dry to wet meadows and fields.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

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


Record Modified: 2015-09-30
Research By: TWC Staff

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