Yellow Fringed Orchid - Yellow Fringeless Orchid
Platanthera ciliaris
        H. integra, Syn: Platanthera
(Linnaeus) Lindley                                                
Orchidaceae (Orchid) Family

Yellow Fringed Orchid - Orange Plume

Plant is an upright, smooth perennial from tuberous roots. Preferred habitat is bogs, savannas, pine woods and mixed woods. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are two to four alternately spaced along the stem; glossy green; lance-shaped or several times longer than broad. Leaf size is reduced upward; no teeth and no lobes.

Flowers are in a showy raceme (flowers arranged along a leafless spike);numerous, sepals and petals similar; yellow to deep orange; lower lip oblong and fringed; long spur at back of flower. Flowering occurs in the summer.

Fruit is a capsule.

P. cristata has a lip that is oval and much less fringed; spur is very short. P. blephariglottis has white flowers with a fringed lip.

Fringeless Orchid - Golden Fringeless Orchid - Southern Yellow Orchid

Plant is an upright, smooth perennial from tapering, fleshy roots. Preferred habitat is savannas, pine woods, swamps and hardwoods. Distribution is coastal in the Escambia region.

Leaves are one to two alternate; several times longer than broad; no teeth and no lobes.

Flowers are in a raceme; numerous; sepals and petals similar; lemon orange to orange; lip oval-shaped; toothed and no fringe. Flowering occurs in the summer.

Fruit is a capsule.

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