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Platanthera conspicua (Nash) P.M. Brown. Subgenus: Blephariglottis. Section: Blephariglottis. Large White Fringed Orchid. Phen: Jul-Sep. Hab: Pine savannas, seepages, longleaf pine sandhill-pocosin ecotones. Dist: NC south to c. peninsular FL, west to e. TX.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Taxonomy Comments: Brown (2006b) and Sheviak in FNA (2002a) clarify the taxonomy of this complex; previous studies (such as Hardin 1961) used different characters, and interpreted the white-fringed orchid taxa differently.

Synonymy: = K3, K4; = Blephariglottis conspicua (Nash) Small – S, S13; = Habenaria blephariglottis (Willd.) Hook. var. conspicua (Nash) Ames – C, F; = Platanthera blephariglottis (Willd.) Lindl. var. conspicua (Nash) Luer – AqW, ETx1, FNA26, K1, WH3, Brown (2002), Luer (1975); < Habenaria blephariglottis (Willd.) Hook. – GW1, Tx; < Habenaria blephariglottis (Willd.) Hook. var. blephariglottis – RAB, Correll (1950); < Platanthera blephariglottis (Willd.) Lindl. – Efimov (2016)

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FACW
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FACW

Heliophily ?: 9

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image of plant© Alan Cressler: Platanthera conspicua (Platanthera blephariglottis var. conspicua), Cumbee No. 1, Francis Marion National Forest, Berkeley County, South Carolina 2 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
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image of plant© Alan Cressler: Platanthera conspicua, Fall Line Sandhills, Taylor County, Georgia 1 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Cressler: Platanthera conspicua, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia 1 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
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image of plant© Alan Cressler: Platanthera conspicua, and Sarracenia rubra subsp. viatorum, Fall Line Sandhills, Taylor County, Georgia 1 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
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