Platanthera hyperborea - Northern Rein-orchid

Phylum: Magnoliophyta - Class: Liliopsida - Order: Orchidales - Family: Orchidaceae

Northern Rein-orchid

Northern Rein-orchid beside the Colorado River in Rocky Mountain National Park

There is considerable confusion surrounding this orchid which is known to occur in Iceland and Greenland as well as having been recorded in America although recorded under a various names over the years.

Platanthera hyperborea photographed on a river bank

The Northern Rein Orchis grows in wet, shaded areas in meadows, along stream banks and in wet flushes. Its favoured habitats are often flooded in autumn or spring or completely submerged by water or snow during the winter.

The main flowering time is August and September.

The specimen shown on this page was photographed in Rocky Mountain National Park in late August on the banks of the Colorado River.

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