Platanthera cristata (Michx.) Lindl. - Crested Yellow Orchid
Family - Orchidaceae
Flowering - June - Sept.
Habitat - Bogs, low meadows, swamps, wet flatwoods.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This species can be found scattered throughout most of Alabama. The plant may be more common than is reported as it can flower one year and not sprout again for some time. In flatwood areas the occurrence of the plant is probably tied to the frequency of fire in the area. Frequent fire/disturbance is usually good for non-competitive species such as P. cristata.
Photographs taken at Fort Benning, GA., 7-25-05.