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Platanthera chlorantha.
Platanthère verte.
Greater butterfly orchid.

Rather widespread outside a few departments, this orchid can be found from sea level up to 2000 meters. It grows in open meadows and in shady areas from the end of April until July for high altitude resorts.

In metropolitan France, we also find Platanthera bifolia. Differentiating the two is not easy from a morphological point of view: from 20 to 60 cm, the same colors and similar leaves. It will therefore be necessary to approach it closely and observe the interior of the flower. The anthers are distant and trapezoidal for chlorantha and constricted and parallel for bifolia. The first views of these two species will illustrate therefore this point.

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