Neotinea lactea (Poir.) R.M.Bateman, Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 1997 Photo by © Pieter C. Brouwer and his Photo Website

var alba Inflorescence Photo courtesy of P.Pernot and the Orchids of France and Europe

Part sunCool to Cold LATE Winterand Spring

O tridentata Group

Common Name The Milk-White Neotinea

Flower Size .9" [2.2 cm]

Found in Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Spain, France, Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, Italy, Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria in short poor open grasslands, open garrigue, scrub, olive groves and open woodland up to 1800 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial orchid with 3 to 8, mostly basal oblong-lanceolate, unmarked, pale green leaves and a few sheath-like leaves higher up along the stem that blooms in the late winter and spring on a conical to ovoid, densely few to many flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Neotinea corsica (Viv.) W.Foelsche 2002; Neotinea lactea subsp. corsica (Viv.) Kreutz 2007; Neotinea lactea var. corsica (Viv.) P.Delforge 2011; Odontorchis lactea (Poir.) D.Tyteca & E.Klein 2008; Orchis acuminata Desfontaines 1800; Orchis corsica Viv. 1824; Orchis hanrici Hénon 1846; Orchis hanrii Jordan 1846; *Orchis lactea Poiret 1789; Neotinea lactea f. minuscula (A.Alibertis) P.Delforge 2012; Orchis lactea subsp. corsica (Viv.) Kreutz 2006; Orchis lactea subsp. minuscula A.Alibertis 2011; Orchis lactea var. hanrici (Hénon) Maire & Weiller 1959; Orchis lactea var. hanrii (Jordan) Camus, Bergon & Camus; Orchis tenoreana Guss.1844; Orchis tridentata f. acuminata (Desf.) Rchb.f. 1851; Orchis tridentata f. tenoreana (Guss.) Rchb.f. 1851; Orchis tridentata subsp. lactea (Poir.) Rouy 1912; Orchis tridentata var. acuminata (Desf.) Maire & Weiller 1959; Orchis tridentata var. hanrici (Hénon) Maire & Weiller 1959; Orchis tridentata var. hanrii (Jord.) Sigunov 1977; Orchis variegata var. acuminata (Desf.) Boiss. 1845

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list as Neotinea lactea, IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Orchis tridentata var lactea; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 4 193 to 256 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1973 as Orchis lactea; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 2 1986 photo fide; Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East Delforge 2005 as Orchis lactea; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #9 2019 photo fide;