Cephalanthera cucullata Boiss. & Heldr. 1854

Plant and flowers in situ Iran Photos by Vaggelis Papiomytoglou and The Greek Orchids Website

part shadeCold LATERSpring

Common Name The Hood-Shaped Cephalanthera [refers to the leaves shape]

Flower Size to 1.5" [to 3.75 cm]

Found in Crete in mixed forests with oak, cypress and maple at elevations of 700 to 1500 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial with a flexuous, hairless, grooved towards the tip stems carrying lowest almost on the soil, 2 to 4, oblong-lanceolate, hooded, pointed, erect, dark, glaucous, near clasping basally leaves grading to bracts above that blooms in the later spring on a terminal, erect, 1.6 to 6" [4 to 15 cm] long, lax, 4 to 30 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Epipactis cucullata (Boiss. & Heldr.) Wettst. 1889; Limodorum cucullatum (Boiss. & Heldr.) Kuntze 1891; Serapias cucullata (Boiss. & Heldr.) A.A.Eaton 1908

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle east Delforge 2005 Photo Fide