A Field Guide to the Prairie

Western Prairie Fringed Orchid
Photo: John Challey
Western Prairie Fringed Orchid
Platanthera praeclara
Orchid Family (Orchidaceae)
Habitat/Range: Once widespread in the tallgrass region, the western prairie fringed orchid is on the federal endangered species list. The loss of intact prairie systems continues to put their future in jeopardy.

Stout, erect orchids growing up to 2.5 feet tall, with smooth, hairless stems and leaves. The flowers are in clusters along the tops of the stems, often with more than 20 white flowers per plant. The leaves are alternate and are long with pointed tips.

Text from: Tallgrass Prairie Wildflowers : A Falcon Field Guide : A Nature Conservancy Book

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