Orchidaceae
Platanthera leucostachys

Sierra Bog Orchid

Erect plant, leaves along stem. Leaves 2–8 in., larger at base of stem, small leaves among flowers on upper stem. Flowers small, white to cream, crowded along stem, spicy-smelling; lower petal abruptly wider below middle, then narrowing toward tip. Very long spur is elegantly curved at back of flower and pointing downward. Grows in wet places, meadows, along streams, at mid- to subalpine elevations.

  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Flowering Time: Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 4--40 inches
  • Habitat: West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest, Subalpine, Bog/Fen/Wetland, Coastal, Moist Riverbanks
  • Found In: Olympic NP, Mt. Rainier NP, Wallowas, Siskiyous, Great Basin, Crater Lake NP, N Cascades NP
  • Native: Yes