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June 29, 2011

Lesser Purple Fringed Orchid

Filed under: North American Native Plants — admin @ 20:40

Lesser purple fringed orchids (Platanthera psychodes) are just beginning to bloom here in central NY. These were found today in a swamp under some poison sumac. Green fringed orchid (Platanthera lacera) was also blooming in the same area. There were many little club-spur orchids (Platanthera clavellata) in bud that should be opening in a few weeks.

Lesser purple fringed orchid

It was overcast so a flash was needed to get a closeup of the flowers, which is why the background is so dark.




  1. I found your blog thanks to a mention on the New York Flora Association blog, and I look forward to comparing your finds with mine out here in Saratoga County. Come visit my blog Saratoga Woods and Waterways to see what’s blooming out here.

    Comment by Jackie Donnelly — July 7, 2011 @ 10:27

  2. Hi Jackie,

    Was nice of them to do that. You have a nice blog. It would appear the purple fringed orchids got started a little earlier here. I considered revisiting the area again to photograph them in full bloom but the poison sumac got me pretty good.


    Comment by admin — July 9, 2011 @ 20:04

  3. Beautiful plant and photo, great discovery. I found my way here trying to identify a plant/seed pod from google. Off subject but maybe I might find help here? 😀
    I purchased at an outdoor market some corkscrew like seed pods (unlabled, to use as a spice), having no idea what they were, thinking I could find the answer on google. So far thee only progrees I have made is finding an image of it here: (3rd image is the seed pod). On this page they state the name is “Blind Eye Bush”. On further searching I haven’t been able to find any information on a plant with that name.


    Comment by Frustrated — July 14, 2011 @ 07:25

  4. Just a follow up, with the help of saltcedar ( it was identified as ‘Helicteres jamaicensis’


    Comment by Frustrated — July 14, 2011 @ 20:03

  5. If that is the saltcedar who posts on gardenweb I can attest to his botanical knowledge. I must admit that I’m not so good with tropical plants. Glad you were able to have it identified.

    Comment by admin — July 15, 2011 @ 19:59

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