Platanthera lacera  (Habenaria l.) green fringed orchid Orchidaceae HALA; Q, j (Stalter and Lamont 2002); K (D. Taft personal communication 7/2015); R (DeCandido 2001); 


Plantathera lacera (green fringed orchis; ragged orchis).Dave Taft.NYC

Plantathera lacera (green fringed orchis; ragged orchis).Dave Taft.NYC 7/2013. (sent 3/2017).

Platanthera lacera is a perennial monocotyledon herb,  40-80 cm tall, stem leafy. 

Leaves alternate, 5-15 cm long, 3-5 cm wide, lance-shaped to narrowly oval, tip pointed to blunt, upper leaves much smaller, almost linear. 

Flowers greenish-white to yellow-green, bilaterally symmetrical, two lateral petals and uppermost sepal about 0.5-0.7 cm long, together forming a hood at top of flower, petal lip to 1-1.5 cm long, deeply 3-lobed, central lobe longer than wide, margins conspicuously fringed, ragged looking; back of lip extending into a narrow spur 1.5- 2 cm long; inflorescence a spike at top of stem. 

Fruit dry, a capsule with numerous, minute seeds, wind dispersed;) requiring symbiosis with a fungus to grow, like all Orchids. 

Wetland status: FACW. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent, if still extant.

 Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Open wet meadows, edges.