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Himantoglossum jankae


Perennial herb with 2 large oval tubers. Stems are 30-90 cm high, with 5-8 grayish-green elliptical, basal leaves that dry during flowering. The inflorescences consist of (10) 20-40 small flowers. Petals are gathered in a helmet, coloured in violet to white with longitudinal lines. The labellum is trilobed; the sides are linear, curved, wavy at the tips. The average length of the middle part is 4.5-8.5 cm, slightly twisted, on the top divided in two, at the centre with purple spots. The spur is 4,5-7 mm.
This orchid blooms in June.
The flowers give out strong, unpleasant fragrance, which attracts insect pollinators. Propagation is succeeded by seeds.
The species has a long life with prolonged juvenile period. Adult plants, depending on the resources of the specific area and the climatic conditions, can bloom, remain vegetative or underground.

Common names
Lizard orchid
Synonyms
Himantoglossum caprinum (M.Bieb.) Spreng.
Conservation status
CITES-listed species and Bonn convention
Records
This species has been reported 15 times with a total of 154 specimens recorded.
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