Anacamptis palustris subsp. elegans (Heuff.) R.M.Bateman, Pridgeon & M.W.Chase

First published in Lindleyana 12: 120 (1997)
This subspecies is accepted
The native range of this subspecies is E. Central Europe to SW. & Central Asia. It is a tuberous geophyte and grows primarily in the temperate biome.

Descriptions

Biology

No special observations are known, there seem to be no essential differences to ssp. palustris.

Distribution

The taxon is scattered over an area that almost completely encloses the Balkan Peninsula up to the Black Sea and from the south of Slovakia to Hungary. To the east, it penetrates into Moldavia, the southern Ukraine and southern Russia. To the southeast, the area extends through Turkey, including some islands of the eastern Aegean and Iran to Turkmenistan. In parts of its northern area it widely overlaps with ssp. palustris, otherwise it is the only subspecies of Anacamptis palustris in this area.

Ecology

In Croatia, it typically settles in seasonally flooded sinkboles of the doline karst, otherwise marshy meadows near to lakes or rivers. However, it is also tolerant of salt, and, therefore, it likes to settle in wet grasslands close to coasts. As in almost all taxa that are bound to humid areas, populations of this subspecies have been reduced to small pockets.

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Sources

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