Platanthera blephariglottis
white fringed orchid

Platanthera blephariglottis
Platanthera blephariglottis
Photo Courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Platanthera blephariglottis
Common name: white fringed 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: 1-1/2 inches long; large spike of flowers, 6"-7"; spur long, up to 1"
Flowering time: late June-late July
Habitat: wet boggy soils
Range in New Jersey: wet boggy soils
Heritage ranking, if any: Pine Barrens, Cape May district, locally in the Middle district, extending to Bergen, Hudson, and Mercer counties
Distribution: Platanthera blephariglottis
Misc. USDA lists as a wetland obligate: Occurs almost always (estimated probability 99%) under natural conditions in wetlands.
At one time abundant in the Pine Barrens, now, perhaps, deserving of a look at possible conservation efforts. Stone writes: "The White Fringed Orchis impresses the visitor to the Pine Barrens more than any other plant. There is a delicacy and beauty about it that seem to remove it entirely from the class of "wild flowers" and it seems as if it belonged rather with the greenhouse exotics" (368).