Anacamptis sancta (L.) R.M.Bateman, A.M.Pridgeon & M.W.Chase . 1997 Photo courtesy of Th. Pain and the Orchids of France and Europe

FragrancePart sunCool Spring

The O coriophora Group

Common Name The Holy Land Anacamptis

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Greece, Turkey, Syria and Lebanon in short poor grasslands, garrigue, scrub and open woodlands at elevations up to 900 meters as a small to large sized, cool growing terrestrial with 6 to 12, oblong-lanceolate to linear leaves that blooms in the spring on a cylindric to oblong, 2.4 to 4.4" [6 to 11 cm] long, dense inflorescence with lanceolate bracts that equal or exceed the ovary and slightly scented flowers.

Synonyms Anacamptis urvilleana Somm. & Gatto 1915; Anteriorchis sancta (L.) E.Klein & Strack 1989; Herorchis sancta (L.) D.Tyteca & E.Klein 2008; Orchis coriophora subsp. sancta (Linne) Hayek ; Orchis coriophora var. sancta (Linne) Rchb. fil.; *Orchis sancta Linne 1759; Orchis sancta f. minor Bornm. ex So 1928

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 2 1986 photo; Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East Delforge 2005

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