Epipactis veratrifolia Boiss. & Hohen.

First published in P.E.Boissier, Diagn. Pl. Orient. 13: 11 (1854)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is Caucasus to Somalia and S. Central China. It is a rhizomatous geophyte and grows primarily in the subtropical biome.

Descriptions

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb 25–150 cm tall; upper part of stem, bracts, ovaries and outside of sepals pubescent
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 3–10, ovate to lanceolate, arranged all along the stem, the largest 8–25 x 1–5 cm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence erect to slightly bent, loosely few–many-flowered; bracts up to 25 cm long, but sometimes equal in length to ovaries or even shorter
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers large and fairly open for the genus, spreading or pendulous, green to yellowish green with purplish or reddish radial stripes and white tip to the lip
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals ovate-lanceolate, 13–21 mm long; lateral petals distinctly shorter
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Lip curved, divided by middle joint into two parts; basal half boat-shaped, nectariferous, 10–12 mm long; apical half triangular, 9–11 mm long.
Distribution
N1–3 also widespread in SW Asia from Yemen, Oman, Cyprus and Egypt (Sinai peninsula) to the Himalayas.
Ecology
Altitude range c. 400–1800 m.
[FSOM]

Sources

  • Flora of Somalia

    • Flora of Somalia
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  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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  • Kew Backbone Distributions

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  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

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