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Ragged Fringed Orchid

Common name: Ragged Fringed Orchid

Scientific name: Platanthera lacera (Habenaria lacera)

  Flower: 1/2” (14 mm) long
  Plant height: 1-2’ (30-60 cm)

Blooming period: June-August

Habitat: Open, wet sunny places and wet woods and bogs

Description: Whitish-green to creamy yellow flowers in spike-like 6-8” (15-20 cm) clusters on top of multi-sided stem. Flowers have deeply 3-lobed, fringed lip petal; linear, bluntly rounded lateral petals entire; sepals broadly oval with lateral ones deflexed behind the lip; sepals and petals colored alike; and a greenish curved, slender spur. Leaves narrowly oval or lance-shaped (lanceolate), surrounding (sheathing) the stem; lower up to 6” (15 cm) long, upper leaves much smaller. Orchid family. (July 13)

One of the more common members of the genus. The genus name is from the Greek platys (“broad”) and anthera (anther) alluding to the unusually broad (for an orchid) anther.

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