Adirondack Wildflowers:  White Fringed Orchid (Platanthera blephariglottis) blooming on Barnum Bog at the Paul Smiths VIC (7 July 2012)

Adirondack Wildflowers:
White Fringed Orchid (Platanthera blephariglottis)

Adirondack Wildflowers:  White Fringed Orchid (Platanthera blephariglottis) blooming on Barnum Bog at the Paul Smiths VIC (28 July 2012) Adirondack Wildflowers: White Fringed Orchid blooming on Barnum Bog at the Paul Smiths VIC (28 July 2012)

White Fringed Orchid (Platanthera blephariglottis) is a native Adirondack wildflower and member of the orchid family which produces white flowers in summer. The small flowers (twenty or more) each have a deeply fringed lip petal and form a compact cluster at the top of the stem. White Fringed Orchids grow up to 1.5 feet tall, with one to three long, pointed leaves along the lower half of the stem. This plant is also known as White-fringe Orchis. The species name derives from Greek and means "fringe-tongued."

White Fringed Orchids bloom in bogs and acidic swamps in the eastern parts of the US, as well as part of Canada. Their range extends from Ontario east to Newfoundland, south to Florida, and west to Texas.

Adirondack Wildflowers:  White Fringed Orchids (Platanthera blephariglottis) blooming on Barnum Bog at the Paul Smiths VIC (7 July 2012)Adirondack Wildflowers: White Fringed Orchids blooming on Barnum Bog at the Paul Smiths VIC (7 July 2012)

White Fringed Orchids bloom on Barnum Bog at the Paul Smiths VIC, where they usually bloom in July. The plants may be viewed from the Boreal Life Trail boardwalk.

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