Platanthera clavellata in fruit. Numerous plants were seen growing in a series of small beaver-modified wetlands in a wide crevice or trough in the bedrock connecting two large peatlands. The soil was sandy peat and very wet. Sunny location, mostly fine-leaved sedges and peat moss.
Platanthera clavellata, the small green wood orchid, is broadly distributed across central and eastern Canada and the U.S., from Texas to Newfoundland; in fact, it is one of the most widely distributed species in its genus. It produces 1 to 3 stem leaves, usually in the middle or lower half of the stem, and bears a somewhat dense inflorescence of up to 15 small, inconspicuous flowers. The flowers are yellowish green or white and are often incompletely resupinate (rotated 45 degrees instead of completely)... more