Platanthera praeclara

Family:
Orchidaceae
Common Names:
Western prairie fringed orchid, Western white-fringed orchid
Author:
(Sheviak & Bowles) Cronquist
Synonyms:
Growth Habit:
Forb/herb
CPC Number:
9293
Profile Contributors:
Jim Locklear
Sponsorship:
Fully Sponsored

Reference Links

ITIS - Tropicos - USDA Plants - Fish & WildLife

Participating Institutions

The following Participating Institutions are custodians for this species in the CPC National Collection:
CPC National Office


The conservation of Platanthera praeclara is fully sponsored.
Jim Locklear contributed to this Plant Profile.

Description

The fate of the western prairie fringed orchid is tied to that of the tallgrass prairie. This elegant wildflower, with its clusters of showy white flowers, was once found in grassy swales and meadows from Manitoba south into Oklahoma. Now, with the tallgrass prairie reduced to less than two-percent of its formerly vast range, this beautiful and unique grassland orchid is threatened with extinction.

Distribution & Occurrence

Pollinators

Protection

Global Rank:
G3
10/03/2006
Guide to Global Ranks
Federal Status:
LT
09/29/1989
Guide to Federal Status
Recovery Plan:
Yes

State / Area Protection

State/Area Rank Status
Canada (Manitoba) N1 E
Iowa S1 E
Kansas S1 0
Manitoba S1 0
Minnesota S1 0
Missouri S1 E
Nebraska S1 STH
North Dakota S2 N
Oklahoma S1 0
South Dakota SH 0
Wyoming SRF D5

Conservation, Ecology & Research

References