Traunsteinera sphaerica (M.Bieb.) Schltr. 1928 Photo by Ulmer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full Sun Cold

Common Name The Sphere Shaped Traunsteinera

Flower Size .3" [7.5 mm]

Found in the Caucasus region of the former Soviet Union and Turkey in the sub alpine zone at elevations of 1000 to 3000 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with an erect stem carrying 2 basal sheaths and 2 to 3 leaves that blooms on an erect, many flowered inflorescence with the flowers held in an apical corymb.

Synonyms *Orchis sphaerica M.Bieb. 1808; Traunsteinera globosa subsp. sphaerica (M.Bieb.) So 1927; Traunsteinera globosa var. sphaerica (M.Bieb.) E.G.Camus 1908

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 #7 1985; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 drawing fide;