White Bog Orchid
Also called Bog Lily
(Platanthera dilatata)

Seen on Hike to Elk Meadow 7/15/`4 H331

White Bog Orchid
(Platanthera dilatata)

There are lots of Orchid species. Some books say that there are over 35,000 species in the Orchid family.

The orchid genus Platanthera has 33 different species.

The white bog orchid (Platanthera dilatata) is a widespread species that is split into three varieties based on spur length and shape.

In variety "albiflora", the spur is club-shaped and shorter than the lip.

In the variety "dilatata" the spur is more slender and equal in length to the lip.

The variety "leucostachys" has strongly curved spurs that are more than 1.5 times longer than the lip.

All of the varieties are similar in having numerous, small, white flowers clustered into a thick, elongated spike borne at the tip of leafy tall stems. The lip petal is distinctive in being conspicuously broader at the base (“dilated”) than the smooth, tongue-shaped tip. (see http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/plant-of-the-week/platanthera_dilatata.shtml)

ID thanks to Lu

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