Taxon  Report   6631    
Platanthera sparsiflora  (S. Watson) Schltr.
Bog orchid,  Sparse flowered bog orchid
Platanthera sparsiflora
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Platanthera sparsiflora
© 2018 Julie Kierstead Nelson
Platanthera sparsiflora
© 2018 Julie Kierstead Nelson
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
© 2018 Chico Hiking Association
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.
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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]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 23, 2019).