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Anacamptis papilionacea


Perennial herb, 15-35 cm high, with oval tubers. The leaves are 3-9, linear-lanceolate, up to 10 cm long, most located in a basal rosette, standing straight up or spread out.
The inflorescence is oval to cylindrical, consisting of 3-10 (15) flowers, accompanied by webbed bracts. The petals are collected in a helmet, pink, with clear lines along its length. The labellum is pointed downward, round, up to 15 (17) mm long, notched at the edges, usually with radially spaced lines, sometimes without pattern. The spur is 8-14 mm long, conical, initially horizontal, later bending downward.
This orchid blooms from April to May.
Besides the seeds, the species is know for vegetative/clonal propagation.

Common names
Butterfly orchid
Synonyms
Orchis papilionaceae, Anacamptis papilionacea (L.) R.M.Bateman, Pridgeon & M.W.Cha
Conservation status
CITES-listed species
Records
This species has been reported 162 times with a total of 51206 specimens recorded.
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