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Recovery Strategy for the Western Prairie Fringed-orchid (Platanthera praeclara) in Canada

Species Assessment Information from COSEWIC


Date of Assessment: May 2000

Common Name: Western Prairie Fringed-orchid

Scientific Name: Platanthera praeclara

COSEWIC Status: Endangered

Reason for Designation: A globally rare orchid occurring in tallgrass prairie remnants in southeastern Manitoba with widely fluctuating population numbers and varied threats to the species and its habitat.

Canadian Occurrence: Manitoba

COSEWIC Status History: Designated Endangered in April 1993. Status re-examined and confirmed in May 2000. Last assessment based on an update status report.