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Platanthera obtusata (Banks ex Pursh) Lindl. subsp. obtusata
one-leaved rein orchid (bluntleaved orchid)
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb, from a few fleshy-tuberous roots; stems 10-30 cm tall, without leaves.
Single basal leaf, oblanceolate to elliptic or egg-shaped, 5-15 cm long, 1-5 cm wide, blunt-tipped, long-tapering to base.
Inflorescence a terminal, loosely 3- to 15-flowered spike, bracted; flower bracts green and up to 15 mm long below, yellowish and much reduced above; flower stalks 1-5 mm long; flowers pale green to yellow-green, sometimes the lip or petals whitish; lower sepals 4-6 mm long, elliptic-lanceolate, somewhat bent back, the upper sepal kidney-shaped to nearly round, 3-4 mm long, somewhat erect, arching over column; petals broadly lanceolate, curved upward, contacting the upper sepal; lip 5-10 mm long, lance-linear, greenish-white, hanging downward with slightly up-curved tip; spur slender, pointed, tapering from base, somewhat curving, as long as lip; column 2-3.5 mm long.
Capsules, erect, ellipsoid, to 10 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to wet forests, bogs, swamps and streambanks in the montane zone; infrequent throughout BC, except absent from the coast; N to AK, YT and NT, E to NF and S to ME, MA, NY, MI, WI, MN, CO, UT, ID and OR.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Platanthera obtusata ssp. obtusata

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 590 1069 1550
Slope Gradient (%) 0 9 36
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
135 290 350
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
3 3 4
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BWBS(2), ICH(1), IDF(2), MS(1)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is montane boreal & cool temperate.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Habenaria obtusata (Banks ex Pursh) Richardson
Habenaria obtusata var. collectanea Fernald
Lysiella obtusata (Banks ex Pursh) Rydb.

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