Platanthera psycodes (L.) Lindl.
Family: Orchidaceae
lesser purple fringed orchid
Platanthera psycodes image
Christopher Noll  
Etymology: Platanthera: from the Greek for "flat" and "flower," hence "wide or flat anthered"
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-5' tall forb, with a stout stem
Leaves: lower lance-like to oval; upper smaller and narrower
Flowers: purple to rose, 6-parted, 3/4" long, sweetly fragrant, lips deeply 3-parted and fringed, petals with fine teeth; inflorescence a 7" cylindrical, dense spike-like cluster of almost stalkless flowers; blooms June-Aug.
Habitat: wet; meadows, woods, forests, streambanks
Conservation Status: Native