Platanthera yosemitensis

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Platanthera yosemitensis
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Order: Asparagales
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Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
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Subtribe: Orchidinae
Genus: Platanthera
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Species: P. yosemitensis
Colwell, Sheviak and P. Moore, 2007[1]
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Platanthera yosemitensis (Yosemite Bog-orchid) is a species of orchid that is endemic to nine wet montane meadows between the main stem and the South Fork of the Merced River in Yosemite National Park.

First collected in 1923, it was not identified as a distinct species until 2007. The species grows at altitudes of 1800–2700 m (6000–9000 ft.). The orchid has a foul smell that has variously been described as "corral of horses, asafetida, strong cheese, human feet, sweaty clothing, or simply disagreeable".[2] The orchid's yellow flowers are less than 8 mm (¼ in.) wide.



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