(Linnaeus) Lindley [Habenaria psycodes] (Linnaeus) Sprengel
Small Purple Fringed Orchid
|Location||Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario.|
Low Deciduous woods, along streams, wet, grassy meadows, roadside ditches. The soils are usually moderately acidic sands or sandy humus. In forests and swamps, the substrate is often highly organic.
|Flowering Season||Late June - early August.|
Height to 50 cm.
Widespread but not abundant. Many colonies are rather short-lived. Closely resembles P. grandiflora, with which it occasionally grows. While both species are easily recognized by their numerous purple fringed flowers on a leafy stem, P. psycodes has a flattened entrance to the spur, sometimes divided into two smaller entrances, rather than being round. Also, the anther sacs are close and parallel instead of diverging downward.. Finally, its flowers are only half as large as P. grandiflora. Grows to the same height as P. leucophaea, but has only dime-sized flowers.
Orchids of Ontario
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