Platanthera obtusata (Blunt-Leaved Bog Orchid) - photos and description

Platanthera obtusata

Platanthera obtusata

Platanthera obtusata
15 cm ruler for scale

Platanthera obtusata

Platanthera obtusata

Platanthera obtusata

General: Small orchid with a leafless peduncle, and a single basal leaf. Plants are glabrous.

Flowers: Small, greenish-white growing in a spike. The flowers have a long lip which is bent downwards and back, and a slender spur almost as long as the lower lip. The lateral petals and dorsal sepal form a hood over the column. The lateral sepals are oblong-shaped and are bent backwards. We measured a flower at 5 mm in diameter.

Leaves: The single basal leaf is obovate, we measured a leaf at 13 cm long and 25 mm wide.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 25 cm, I measured plants to 20 cm tall.

Habitat: Wet sphagnum moss in shady coniferous woods.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: The above photos were taken June 22nd, wet, mossy black spruce woods a bog in heavy forest, in east-central Saskatchewan.