Jul 30 2011
The Lesser or Small flowered purple fringed orchid (Platanthera psycodes) is blooming now in western Pennsylvania. Its flowers are small — only 1/2″ across — but they make up for their size by clustering 30 to 50 on the stem.
You’ll find this orchid in wet spots in the woods, in damp meadows, and along streams and seeps.
(photo by Dianne Machesney)