|Scientific Name||Platanthera aquilonis||USDA PLANTS Symbol||PLAQ2|
|Common Name||Green Bog Orchid, Northern Green Orchid||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||894660|
Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine (6400 to 12500 ft); marshes, wet meadows, streamsides.
Plant: Erect, single-stem perennial, 2 to 24 inches tall.
Leaves: Three to 5 alternate stalkless leaves 1 to 9 inches long, oblong to lanceolate, gradually becoming bracts higher up on the stem.
Inflorescence: A raceme of 30 to 40 stalkless green/yellow-green flowers about 1/2-inch across with an erect bract beneath; 3 sepals and 3 petals, upper two petals joining with a sepal to form a hood; lower petal forming a lip projecting forward with cylindrical, club-shaped spur from base, shorter than the lip.
Bloom Period: May to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SEINet and North American Native Orchid Journal, Vol 13.
|BONAP Distribution Map
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