Yellow Fringeless Orchid



The Yellow Fringeless Orchid (Platanthera integra) with up to sixty lemon yellow flowers on each stem adorns Florida’s wet flatwoods and pitcherplant savannas from late summer to autumn. Each of the helmeted flowers has a long spur with nectar accessible only to a few butterflies and an occasional hummingbird. Of Florida’s four yellow to orange orchids, the fringes on the lip are the shortest, so short that it appears fringeless or entire as denoted by the species name integra. The genus Platanthera describes its flat anthers.