Orchis brancifortii Bivona-Bernardi 1813

Photo courtesy of J.M.Lewin and the Orchids of France and Europe

Part sunCold Spring

O mascula Group

Common Name Brancifort's Orchis [Sicilian Prince and protector of Bivona-Bernardi 1800's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

A small sized, cold growing terrestrial orchid that is found in Sardinia and Sicily in open garrigue, scrub and open woodlands at elevations up to 1300 meters with a spindly stem carrying 2 to 6, basal, unmarked, oblong to narrowly lanceolate leaves that blooms in the spring.

Synonyms Anacamptis brancifortii Lindl. 1835; Anacamptis quadripunctata Lindl. 1835; Androrchis brancifortii (Biv.) D.Tyteca & E.Klein 2008; Orchis brancifortii f. maculata J.Baláz & M.Baláz 1995; Orchis quadripunctata f. brancifortii (Biv.) Soó 1928; Orchis quadripunctata f. macrochila Halácsy 1904; Orchis quadripunctata lusus obscura K.Malý 1904; Orchis quadripunctata subsp. brancifortii (Bivona-Bernardi) E.G. Camus 1928

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 1 1986; Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East Delforge 2005