White Fringed Orchid - Large White Fringed Orchid
Platanthera blephariglottis Var. conspicua - Nash
Orchidaceae (Orchid) Family


In Alabama the White Fringed Orchid occurs primarily in the southernmost counties; growing in wet open habitats such as pitcher plant bogs, pine flatwoods, seeps, and moist roadsides. It is a perennial from thick, cord-like roots. There is usually a single stem from each root mass. The stems are from 1-3 feet in height; green in color, slightly ribbed and smooth.

The leaves are alternate, elliptic to lance-elliptic in outline, glabrous, with entire margins. The leaves are reduced in size upwards on the stem, and are often strongly keeled.

The flowers are produced in a terminal raceme. Flowers are resupinate (upside down), white in color, and have a long cylindrical spur. The lip petal is large and fringed along its margins.

Fruit is a capsule with many dust-like seed.

Because of its size and color, the White Fringed Orchid is easy to spot when in flower.

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