Ragged Fringed Orchid
Platanthera lacera /Orchid Family
Height: 15" - 18"
July 9, 2005
This was the "mystery orchid" Amber and I were looking for. We felt we were on a wild goose chase since we didn't know what the plant looked like or exactly where it was growing. We just knew it was green and the area where it had been spotted. Amber gets credit for this one, she noticed it while I was looking at another wildflower. The plant is well-named since the three petals are very ragged! The following photo is a close-up of the flowers.
Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains NP