Himantoglossum adriaticum H. Baumann 1978 Photo courtesy of P.-M. Blais and His Orchids of France and Europe

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Common Name The Adriatic Himantoglossum

Flower Size 1 3/4" to 2" [4 to 5 cm]

Found in Austria?, Czechoslovakia?, Hungary, Italy and Yugoslavia as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial at elevations of sealevel to 1300 meters in calcareous soils of dry grasslands and open scrub covered hills, with tubers giving rise to 4 to 8, elliptic-oblong leaves with the basal leaves withering before flowering and blooms on an erect, terminal, cylindrical, several to many [to 40] flowered, racemose inflorescence occuring in the spring and early summer. This species is very similar to H hircinum but differs in having a loose [to 40] flowered inflorescence and a flower with a shorter midlobe that is not twisted with the tip deeply split and the base has a short furrow.

Synonyms Himantoglossum adriaticum f. albiflorum Vöth 1990; Himantoglossum hircinum subsp. adriaticum (H.Baumann) H.Sund. 1980

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 40 2000; Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East Delforge 2005

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