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Orange-Fringed Orchid

Platanthera ciliaris


This was one of my bucketlist orchids, so I was thrilled to see them in such large numbers. It was totally worth the short trip up the mountain (did I mention I have a phobia of winding mountain passes?)!


Growing (practically everywhere) on hillsides and along a lakeside at Fort Mountain State park.


Pollinators of this orchid include: The Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus), the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), the Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes), the Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus), the Striped Hairstreak (Satyrium liparops) and moths like the White-Lined Sphinx (Hyles lineata).

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i_munasinghe 2 years ago

Congratulations on SOTW!

flowntheloop 2 years ago


Ornithoptera80 2 years ago


flowntheloop 2 years ago

Awww! Thank you all so much! This makes me so happy!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 2 years ago

Congratulations on the well-deserved SOTW ! :)

Gorgeous find flowntheloop,congrats on the well deserved SOTW and thanks for sharing

MichaelS 2 years ago

Hi flowntheloop,

Congratulations! Your orange-fringed orchid spotting has been voted Spotting of the Week! This special orchid spotting is the first of this species on Project Noah! The Project Noah community looks forward to seeing your next nature discovery!

flowntheloop 2 years ago

Thank you, Leuba & Maria (and everyone else who has commented)! This was truly one of my favorite finds. I hope to find some of the rarer orchids in my area in the coming years!

Maria dB
Maria dB 2 years ago

What a beauty!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 2 years ago

Good to see you back here again Lisa...and with a beauty to share. I am glad you braved the winding roads to see these. Lovely spotting and crisp photos.

flowntheloop 2 years ago

Hi, everyone! Wow, thank you for the welcome back! I disappeared for a while there, didn't I? :)

And thank you for the nomination! A wonderful surprise this Saturday morning in Georgia!

SukanyaDatta 2 years ago

Welcome back....congrats on a well deserved nomination.

Brian38 2 years ago

Congratulations on your nomination flowntheloop! Beautiful image.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Wow what a beauty. Great images too.

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Chatsworth, Georgia, United States

Spotted on Aug 10, 2019
Submitted on Feb 5, 2021

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