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Last updated 4/11/2012 by David Giblin.
Platanthera obtusata (Banks ex Pursh) Lindl. ssp. obtusata[FNA26, HC2]
blunt-leaf rein orchid, one-leaf rein orchid, small northern bog orchid

Publication: Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl. 284.

Origin: Native

selected vouchers: WS

Notes: Rare. Taxonomy follows FNA.

FNA26: "The rare Eurasian Platanthera obtusata subsp. oligantha (Turczaninow) Hultén differs from the North American subsp. obtusata in its smaller dimensions and rhombic-lanceolate lip. It is also said to be densely few-flowered, although some Siberian material is comparable to American plants. Supposedly intermediate plants are reported from Alaska, and much material from that area is reduced in stature and with smaller flowers than typical of American plants. In most cases, however, lips are relatively slender, and the plants seem merely to be stunted by their environment. One or two collections from the Alaskan Peninsula and Aleutians, however, seem entirely referable to subsp. oligantha with dense, few-flowered inflorescences of very small flowers with rhombic-lanceolate lips and shorter curved spurs. Eurasian plants are reported to be hexaploid or perhaps sometimes triploid, and if the apparent ploidy differences delimit the taxa, then it should be possible to unequivocally identify Alaskan plants."

References: (none)

Synonyms & Misapplied Names:
Habenaria obtusata (Banks ex Pursh) Richardson var. collectanea Fernald