Photographer: Merel R. Black
Platanthera leucophaea (Nutt.) Lindl.
eastern prairie fringed orchid, prairie white fringed orchid
Platanthera: from the Greek for "flat" and "flower," hence "wide or flat anthered"
leucophaea: from Latin leuco meaning "white" and phaea meaning "dusky" or like a whitish powder resembling ashes
|Status: ||Endangered (Federally Threatened)|
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 16"-40" tall forb|
|Flower: ||white, 6-parted, 1" long, lips deeply 3-lobed and long-fringed 1/3 to 1/2 the length, petals oblong and toothed; inflorescence a 3"-8" cylindrical, spike-like cluster of almost stalkless flowers; blooms June-July|
|Leaf:||lower lance-like to linear, upper much smaller|
|Habitat: ||wet; meadows, prairies|