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FLORIDA NATIVE PHOTO: Platanthera chapmanii

This is a discussion on FLORIDA NATIVE PHOTO: Platanthera chapmanii within the Photography Archive 1 forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; A reasonably common native orchid appearing in wet meadows and along wet roadsides in northern ...

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    Default FLORIDA NATIVE PHOTO: Platanthera chapmanii

    A reasonably common native orchid appearing in wet meadows and along wet roadsides in northern Florida in late summer (late July through August). This orchid is believed by some to be a natural hybrid of Platanthera ciliaris and Platanthera cristata, while others (including the well-known Paul Martin Brown) believe that it deserves it s own species designation.

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    If it wasn't for the fact that the axis on these holds blooms that span a more elongated length than the cristata, I would never have been able to tell them apart. What justification is there to give it its own species designation?

    (Very nice photo too, by the way, but you're probably getting tired of hearing that all the time....)

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    Louis,
    these two species differ quite a bit in size. P. cristata is quite small, while P. ciliaris is quite large. P. chapmanii falls between the two species in size.

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    I see. I asked because it's impossible to determine scale size from just the pics.

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