Platanthera ciliaris - (L.) Lindl.
Yellow Fringed Orchid
Other Common Names: yellow fringed orchid
Synonym(s): Habenaria ciliaris (L.) R. Br.
Taxonomic Status: Accepted
Related ITIS Name(s): Platanthera ciliaris (L.) Lindl. (TSN 43413)
French Common Names: platanthère ciliée
Unique Identifier: ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.133001
Element Code: PMORC1Y040
Informal Taxonomy: Plants, Vascular - Flowering Plants - Orchid Family
Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Plantae Anthophyta Monocotyledoneae Orchidales Orchidaceae Platanthera
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Concept Reference
Concept Reference: Kartesz, J.T. 1994. A synonymized checklist of the vascular flora of the United States, Canada, and Greenland. 2nd edition. 2 vols. Timber Press, Portland, OR.
Concept Reference Code: B94KAR01HQUS
Name Used in Concept Reference: Platanthera ciliaris
Conservation Status

NatureServe Status

Global Status: G5
Global Status Last Reviewed: 13Sep2002
Global Status Last Changed: 22Jun1990
Rounded Global Status: G5 - Secure
Reasons: Widespread and occuring in a variety of habitats. Frequent in the southeast, only becoming rare at the northern edge of its range (McCance and Burns 1984, Homoya 1993, Weakley 2000).
Nation: United States
National Status: N5
Nation: Canada
National Status: NX (25Oct2017)

U.S. & Canada State/Province Status
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United States Alabama (SNR), Arkansas (SNR), Connecticut (S1), Delaware (SH), District of Columbia (SH), Florida (SNR), Georgia (S4), Illinois (S1), Indiana (S1), Kentucky (S3S4), Louisiana (SNR), Maryland (S2), Massachusetts (SH), Michigan (S1S2), Mississippi (SNR), Missouri (S1), New Hampshire (SX), New Jersey (S2), New York (S1), North Carolina (S4), Ohio (S2), Oklahoma (S1), Pennsylvania (S2), Rhode Island (S1), South Carolina (SNR), Tennessee (SNR), Texas (SNR), Vermont (SNR), Virginia (S3S4), West Virginia (S3)
Canada Ontario (SX)

Other Statuses

Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC): Candidate (Low) (26Jan2015)

NatureServe Global Conservation Status Factors

Range Extent Comments: Ontario (historic) and New Hampshire (historic), south to south Florida, west to Michigan, Missouri, and Texas (Kartesz 1999).

Number of Occurrences: 81 to >300
Number of Occurrences Comments: Frequent in the southeast. In NC and SC it is found in 18 counties in the mountains and approximately 40 counties on the coastal plain.

Population Size Comments: 1500-2000 plants in s. Michigan alone.

Overall Threat Impact Comments: In the northern portion of its range, threatened by shading due to succession, alterations to hydrology, collection, and roadside mowing (McCance and Burns 1984, Homoya 1993).

Short-term Trend Comments: Becoming rare in the Northeast due to succession of competing species into its habitats (Rhode Island Special Plant Abstract).

Other NatureServe Conservation Status Information

Global Range: Ontario (historic) and New Hampshire (historic), south to south Florida, west to Michigan, Missouri, and Texas (Kartesz 1999).

U.S. States and Canadian Provinces

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U.S. & Canada State/Province Distribution
United States AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NHextirpated, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WV
Canada ONextirpated

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U.S. Distribution by County Help
State County Name (FIPS Code)
CT Fairfield (09001)*, Hartford (09003)*, Middlesex (09007), New London (09011)
IL Cook (17031), Iroquois (17075), Kankakee (17091)
IN Jasper (18073), La Porte (18091), Lagrange (18087)*, Lake (18089)*, Newton (18111)*, Noble (18113)*, Porter (18127)*, Pulaski (18131)*, Starke (18149)*, Steuben (18151)*
MA Hampshire (25015)*, Middlesex (25017)*, Nantucket (25019)*, Norfolk (25021)*, Plymouth (25023)*, Worcester (25027)*
MD Anne Arundel (24003), Baltimore County (24005), Frederick (24021)
MI Allegan (26005), Bay (26017)*, Berrien (26021), Calhoun (26025), Cass (26027), Ionia (26067)*, Jackson (26075)*, Kalamazoo (26077), Kent (26081)*, Lapeer (26087)*, Livingston (26093)*, Macomb (26099)*, Monroe (26115)*, Oakland (26125)*, St. Clair (26147)*, St. Joseph (26149)*, Van Buren (26159), Washtenaw (26161)
MO Carter (29035), Iron (29093), Ripley (29181)*, St. Francois (29187), Stoddard (29207), Wayne (29223)
NJ Atlantic (34001), Bergen (34003)*, Burlington (34005)*, Camden (34007)*, Cape May (34009), Cumberland (34011), Essex (34013)*, Gloucester (34015)*, Middlesex (34023), Monmouth (34025)*, Morris (34027)*, Ocean (34029)*, Passaic (34031)*, Salem (34033)*, Union (34039)*, Warren (34041)*
NY Kings (36047)*, Nassau (36059)*, New York (36061)*, Oneida (36065)*, Queens (36081)*, Richmond (36085)*, Rockland (36087)*, Suffolk (36103)
OH Adams (39001), Hocking (39073), Lucas (39095), Scioto (39145), Washington (39167)
OK Choctaw (40023), Le Flore (40079), McCurtain (40089), Pushmataha (40127)
PA Adams (42001), Bedford (42009), Centre (42027)*, Clearfield (42033), Clinton (42035)*, Cumberland (42041), Dauphin (42043), Fayette (42051)*, Franklin (42055), Fulton (42057), Huntingdon (42061), Lebanon (42075), Luzerne (42079), Mifflin (42087), Northumberland (42097), Schuylkill (42107), Somerset (42111), Westmoreland (42129)*
RI Providence (44007)*, Washington (44009)
WV Berkeley (54003), Fayette (54019), Greenbrier (54025), Hardy (54031), Logan (54045), Mercer (54055), Pendleton (54071), Pocahontas (54075), Raleigh (54081), Randolph (54083)
* Extirpated/possibly extirpated
U.S. Distribution by Watershed Help
Watershed Region Help Watershed Name (Watershed Code)
01 Lower Connecticut (01080205)+, Charles (01090001)+*, Cape Cod (01090002)+*, Blackstone (01090003)+*, Narragansett (01090004)+*, Pawcatuck-Wood (01090005)+, Quinebaug (01100001)+*, Thames (01100003)+, Quinnipiac (01100004)+, Housatonic (01100005)+*, Saugatuck (01100006)+*
02 Lower Hudson (02030101)+*, Bronx (02030102)+*, Hackensack-Passaic (02030103)+*, Sandy Hook-Staten Island (02030104)+, Raritan (02030105)+*, Northern Long Island (02030201)+*, Southern Long Island (02030202)+, Long Island Sound (02030203)+*, Middle Delaware-Mongaup-Brodhead (02040104)+*, Middle Delaware-Musconetcong (02040105)+*, Lehigh (02040106)+, Lower Delaware (02040202)+*, Schuylkill (02040203)+, Cohansey-Maurice (02040206)+, Mullica-Toms (02040301)+*, Great Egg Harbor (02040302)+, Upper Susquehanna-Lackawanna (02050107)+, Upper West Branch Susquehanna (02050201)+, Bald Eagle (02050204)+*, Lower West Branch Susquehanna (02050206)+*, Lower Susquehanna-Penns (02050301)+, Upper Juniata (02050302)+, Raystown (02050303)+*, Lower Juniata (02050304)+, Lower Susquehanna-Swatara (02050305)+, Lower Susquehanna (02050306)+, Gunpowder-Patapsco (02060003)+, Severn (02060004)+, South Branch Potomac (02070001)+, North Branch Potomac (02070002)+*, Cacapon-Town (02070003)+, Conococheague-Opequon (02070004)+, Middle Potomac-Catoctin (02070008)+, Monocacy (02070009)+
04 Little Calumet-Galien (04040001)+, St. Joseph (04050001)+, Black-Macatawa (04050002)+, Kalamazoo (04050003)+, Upper Grand (04050004)+, Lower Grand (04050006)+*, Thornapple (04050007)+*, Kawkawlin-Pine (04080102)+*, Flint (04080204)+*, St. Clair (04090001)+*, Lake St. Clair (04090002)+*, Clinton (04090003)+*, Detroit (04090004)+*, Huron (04090005)+, Ottawa-Stony (04100001)+*, St. Joseph (04100003)+*, Lower Maumee (04100009)+, Oneida (04140202)+*
05 Conemaugh (05010007)+, Kiskiminetas (05010008)+*, Tygart Valley (05020001)+, Youghiogheny (05020006)+*, Little Muskingum-Middle Island (05030201)+, Middle New (05050002)+, Greenbrier (05050003)+, Lower New (05050004)+, Gauley (05050005)+, Coal (05050009)+, Lower Scioto (05060002)+, Upper Guyandotte (05070101)+, Ohio Brush-Whiteoak (05090201)+, Tippecanoe (05120106)+*
07 Kankakee (07120001)+, Iroquois (07120002)+, Chicago (07120003)+, Whitewater (07140107)+
08 Upper St. Francis (08020202)+, Little River Ditches (08020204)+
11 Upper Black (11010007)+, Current (11010008)+*, Kiamichi (11140105)+, Pecan-Waterhole (11140106)+, Upper Little (11140107)+, Mountain Fork (11140108)+, Lower Little (11140109)+
+ Natural heritage record(s) exist for this watershed
* Extirpated/possibly extirpated
Ecology & Life History
Habitat Comments: Tolerant of a wide variety of habitats; from wet, humus areas to dry rocky mountain slopes.
Economic Attributes Not yet assessed
Management Summary Not yet assessed
Population/Occurrence Delineation Not yet assessed
Population/Occurrence Viability
U.S. Invasive Species Impact Rank (I-Rank) Not yet assessed
NatureServe Conservation Status Factors Edition Date: 29Jun1983
NatureServe Conservation Status Factors Author: Morse, L.E., rev. Y. Ogle, rev. A. Olivero

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