Platanthera ciliaris (L.) Lindl.

Yellow Fringed Orchid

Platanthera ciliaris plant

Family - Orchidaceae

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Platanthera ciliaris stem

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Platanthera ciliaris leavesBracteal leaves of the stem.

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Platanthera ciliaris inflorescence

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Platanthera ciliaris flower close-upFlower close-up.

Platanthera ciliaris spurSpur of corolla.

Flowering - July - October.

Habitat - Acid seeps, moist, acidic soils, margins of sinkhole ponds, wet pine upland forests.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This attractive species can be found in just a few southeastern Missouri counties. The plant is rare in Missouri and is seldomly seen. It is more common in states to the southeast.
P. ciliaris is easy to identify in the field becasue of its big, orange flowers and large size. The plant grows to close to 1m tall. The flowers are unmistakable with their deeply fringed lower lip and long spur. The flowers are pollinated by butterflies.
A synonym is Habenaria ciliaris (L.) R. Br.

Photographs taken off Hwy 80, Macon County, AL., 8-16-05.