Family: Orchidaceae (orchid family)
Height: 14 - 80 cm (5.5 - 30 in)
Blooming: June - Aug.
Green Fringed Orchid
Platanthera lacera (Michx.) G. Don
Stem: erect, green with a slight wing on the angles. No hair on the stem.
Flowers: whitish-green to yellowish green. The lower lip is divided deeply into three lobes. Its flower spike can reach as tall as 25 cm (10 in).
Leaves: 1-4 leaves alternating widely up the stem. Leaves have no hair or teeth.
Fruit: short stalked, ellipsoid capsules with three longitudinal ridges.
Sun: Full sun to part sun.
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Comments: because of its greenish flowers, it is often overlooked by observers. This soft spoken little orchid is listed in Indiana as rare or uncommon with a place on Indiana's watch list.
Etymology: The genus, Platanthera, is derived from the Greek word, platys, meaning "flat" and the Greek word, anthera, meaning "anther". Lacera comes from the Latin words for being torn or lacerated.