Northern Club-spur Orchis (Platanthera clavellata )
Northern Club-spur Orchis (Platanthera clavellata) is a native wetland plant that produces small greenish-white flowers in the Adirondack Mountains in the summer. The plant grows 6-16 inches tall. The greenish-white or yellowish-white flowers are 1/4 inches wide, and twisted along the stalk. The spur is very long, slender, and curved.
Northern Club-spur Orchis is a member of the Orchid (Orchidaceae) Family. The genus name -- Platanthera -- is from the Greek for "flat" and "flower." The species name -- clavellata -- is from clava, meaning means club-like. The plant is also known as Club-spur Orchid, Little Club-spur Orchid, Small Green Fringed Orchid, Small Green Wood Orchid, Small Green Woodland Orchid, and Small Woodland Orchid. This plant is sometimes listed in field guides as Habenaria clavellata.
Northern Club-spur Orchis grows in wet situations, including acid bogs, wet woods, damp woods, and shores. It can be found throughout the eastern part of the US and Canada, including New York State. At the Paul Smiths VIC, Northern Club-spur Orchis may be seen from the boardwalk across Barnum Bog on the Boreal Life Trail. In our part of the Adirondacks, this plant blooms in summer, generally in late July or early August.
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