New York Natural Heritage Program
Crested Fringed Orchis
Platanthera cristata (Michx.) Lindl.
Platanthera cristata Kimberly J. Smith
Family: Orchid Family (Orchidaceae)

State Protection: Endangered
listed species are those with: 1) 5 or fewer extant sites, or 2) fewer than 1,000 individuals, or 3) restricted to fewer than 4 U.S.G.S. 7 minute topographical maps, or 4) species listed as endangered by U.S. Department of Interior.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S1
A State Rarity Rank of S1 means: This plant is endangered/critically imperiled in New York because of extreme rarity (typically 5 or fewer populations or very few remaining individuals) or is extremely vulnerable to extirpation from New York due to biological factors.

Global Rarity Rank: G5
A Global Rarity Rank of G5 means: This species is demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.

Did you know?
A white-flowered form of this orchid from eastern Long Island has been described as a separate species, Platanthera pallida, but has now been formally recognized as indistinct.

State Ranking Justification [-]
There are seven existing populations in four areas of Long Island. Two populations are ranked good to excellent, but the other four are very small and may not be viable in the long term. This orchid was always rare in New York with only seven historical records but most of them still have natural areas.

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