Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants


 
Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission





Small Purple-fringed Orchid
Platanthera psycodes
Family: Orchidaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  E
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S1

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Habitat:
Wet meadows, damp thickets, alluvial or springy shores, low woods, wet roadsides.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Phenology:
Flowering Period: Early June to late August.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
The lip of this purple flowered orchid is deeply three parted and has a distinct fringe. It occurs in open wet habitats.

Management:
The habitat for this species is especially sensitive to changes in hydrology and not likely to withstand much alteration. Grazing or browsing pressure, vegetation removal, hydrologic changes (i.e. stream alterations road construction) would be detrimental. Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species and should be removed. Avoid creating access to the site through trail or road construction.

Global Range:
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Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Fax: (502) 573-2355
Email:
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