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Published In: Summa Vegetabilium Scandinaviae 32. 1814. (Summa Veg. Scand.) Name publication detail

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
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Contributor Text: J. RENZ
Flower/Fruit: Fl. Per.: July-August.
Type: Type: Described from Sibiria: “Habitat in Sibiriae montibus arenosis”, J. G. Gmelin, Fl. Sib. 1: t. 2, f. 2. 1747.
Distribution: Distribution: Euro-Sibirian element. Northern hemisphere in Europe & Asia, Himalaya.
Comment/Acknowledgements: The mention of Epipogium aphyllum in Baluchistan, collected by J. E. Stocks (I. H. Burkill, A. working List of flowering plants of Baluchistan, 72. 1909) has to be verified. No specimen seen.
Illustration: Epipogium aphyllum Sw. (Illustration)


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Plants 5-20 (-35) cm tall. Stem ± swollen above base, tapering downwards and delicately attached to the rhizome, with 2-3 brownish sheaths. Inflorescence ± loose, 1-7(-15)-flowered (usually 3-4). Bracts oblong, ± 8 mm long. Sepals linear, 8-12(-17) mm long; petals broader. Labellum white with papillose, purplish spots, 12-18 mm long, bent backwards, about the middle and apical half (epichile) directed parallel to spur; hypochile with short rounded lateral lobes; epichile concave, up to 9x10 mm. Spur 5-8 mm long, 3-5 mm in diameter, saccate-inflated, obtuse, facing upwards. Caudicles of pollinia c. 3 mm long. Pedicel of ovary 3-5 mm.
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