Photographer: Emmet J. Judziewicz
Platanthera hookeri (Torr. ex A.Gray) Lindl.
Hooker's orchid, pad-leaf
Platanthera: from the Greek for "flat" and "flower," hence "wide or flat anthered"
hookeri: named for Sir William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865), professor of botany and director of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew in the mid-19th century and author of several botanical works.
|Status: ||Special Concern|
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 8"-16" tall forb; single stem usually with no bracts; fleshy roots|
|Flower: ||greenish to yellow, 6-parted, 3/4" long, stalkless, upward-curving lips not parted or fringed; inflorescence an open spike; blooms June-July|
|Leaf:||2, large, basal, widely elliptical, lying flat on the ground or slightly creased|
|Habitat: ||moderate moisture to moist; forests, woods; in rich soil|