Calflora
Taxon  Report   6631    
Platanthera sparsiflora  (S. Watson) Schltr.
Bog orchid,  Sparse flowered bog orchid
Platanthera sparsiflora
© 2004 Steve Matson
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CalPhotos / Calflora
Platanthera sparsiflora
© 2008 Keir Morse
Platanthera sparsiflora
© 2009 Justin M. Wood
Platanthera sparsiflora, a monocot, is a perennial herb that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Platanthera sparsiflora
© 2009 Julie Kierstead Nelson
Family: ORCHIDACEAE  
Genus: Platanthera
Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Subalpine Forest, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs usually in wetlands, occasionally in non wetlands

Habitat: streambanks

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Habenaria leucostachys var. virida
ICPN: Platanthera sparsiflora var. sparsiflora
More information about  Platanthera sparsiflora
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (PLSP2)

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Nov 16, 2018).

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