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ORANGE FRINGED ORCHID
A. A. Reznicek
Habenaria ciliaris of Michigan Flora.
Usually in sphagnum bogs. Very rarely in moist acid sandy meadows and savannas, with bracken and a graminoid savanna understory, although more historical records are apparently from this type of habitat.
This is one of the most striking of all our native orchids, with its brilliant orange flowers, as well as one of the rarest.
In southwestern Michigan, both Platanthera ciliaris and P. blephariglottis may grow together in the same bog, and hybrids, with all intermediates between the two, including lemon-yellow flowers, are known from Allegan, Berrien, and Van Buren Cos. [P. ×bicolor (Raf.) Luer]. See a photo of P. ×bicolor in front of one illustration of Woodwardia virginica.