Platanthera cristata
Crested yellow orchid

Platanthera cristata
Platanthera cristata
Photo Courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Platanthera cristata
Common name: Crested yellow orchid
Group: monocot
Family: Orchidaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 1' - 2'
Foliage: Middle of the stem with small, narrow, pointed leaves. Bottom leaves similar but larger.
Flower: yellow to orange; spur is shorter than that of Platanthera ciliaris and more golden yellow, vs. the creamy orange-yellow of P. ciliaris.
Flowering time: Late July- late August
Habitat: dry to moist open soil, thickets, woods and bogs, damp pine woods
Range in New Jersey: Coastal plain, Cape May Regions
Heritage ranking, if any: S3, Listed Pinelands
Distribution: Platanthera cristata
Misc. spur 5-9 mm long
similar to Platanthera ciliaris , but flower lip more deeply fringed, spur less than 1/2 as long.