Platanthera elegans Lindl.

Elegant Piperia, Many Flowered Piperia, Wood Rein Orchid

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Accepted synonyms: Habenaria elegans, Habenaria greenei, Piperia elegans, Piperia maritima, Piperia multiflora

Platanthera elegans, commonly called the Wood Rein Orchid, is distributed along the west coast of North America from California to British Columbia and east to Montana. It produces basal leaves and a tightly flowered inflorescence of up to 100 pale green to white colored flowers. It can be found in open coastal cliffs and bluffs as well as scrubland and forests; preferring dry open sites.

Platanthera elegans is apparently secure globally.


This orchid is pollinated by Plusia nichollae, Thallophaga taylorata and species of Autographa. Pollinaria attached to the moth’s proboscis as it searched for nectar.

Ecosystem Type

Cliffs balds or ledges, forests


Leaf arrangement:
Number of leaves on stem:
  • two
  • three
  • four
  • five
Form of the labellum:
the labellum is not pouch-like
Labellum outline:
the labellum is simple
Main color of labellum:
  • green to brown
  • white
Nectar spur:
Inflorescence type:
the inflorescence is a raceme
Labellum characteristics:
  • the labellum has a spur
  • the labellum is simple
Labellum length:
5–6 mm
Sepal length:
4–5 mm
Plant height:
12–100 cm
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Native to North America


North American Conservation Status & Distribution

Conservation Status

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Conservation and Wetland Status
Global Rank Apparently Secure
US Status N/A
Canadian Status Secure

North America Distribution

Adapted from USDA data