Dactylorhiza iberica (M.Bieb. ex Willd.) So 1962

Plant and Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

deep shade Cool Cold Spring

Common Name The Iberia Dactylorhiza [Occuring in Eastern Georgia]

Flower Size .6" [1 cm]

Found in Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Georgia, Lebanon, Palestine and Iran in full sun to mid shade in marshy meadows, slopes and stream banks at elevations of 600 to 2600 meters as a cold to cool growing terrestrial with2 narrow, ribbon-like, elongate, slightly digitate root tubers giving rise to an erect, 8 to 24" [20 to 60 cm] long stem carrying 3 to 7 cauline, well spaced, obloquely erect to spreading, unspottedlinear-lanceoalte, slightly keeled leaves that blooms in the late spring and summer on an erect, terminal, dense to laxly several flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Dactylorchis iberica (M.Bieb. ex Willd.) Verm. 1947; Gymnadenia angustifolia (M.Bieb.) Spreng. 1826; Orchis angustifolia M.Bieb. 1808; Orchis iberica M.Bieb. ex Willd. 1805; Orchis iberica f. fraasii Rchb.f. 1851; Orchis iberica f. leptophylla E.G.Camus 1908; Orchis iberica f. longifolia (K.Koch) Rchb.f. 1851; Orchis iberica f. stevenii Rchb.f. 1851; Orchis leptophylla K.Koch 1849; Orchis leptophylla var. laxa K.Koch 1849; Orchis leptophylla var. longifolia K.Koch 1849; Orchis natolica Fisch. & C.A.Mey. 1854

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Orchis iberica; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 40 2000; Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East Deforge 2005 photo ;