Photographer: Christopher Noll
Platanthera psycodes (L.) Lindl.
lesser purple fringed orchid
Platanthera: from the Greek for "flat" and "flower," hence "wide or flat anthered"
psycodes: like a butterfly
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 1'-5' tall forb, with a stout stem|
|Flower: ||purple to rose, 6-parted, 3/4" long, sweetly fragrant, lips deeply 3-parted and fringed, petals with fine teeth; inflorescence a 7" cylindrical, dense spike-like cluster of almost stalkless flowers; blooms June-Aug.|
|Leaf:||lower lance-like to oval; upper smaller and narrower|
|Habitat: ||wet; meadows, woods, forests, streambanks|