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Epipactis veratrifolia Boiss. & Hohen. ex Boiss.
Information on the genus : Epipactis
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Epipactis abyssinica Pax (1907)
=Amesia somaliensis (Rolfe) A. Nelson & J. F. Macbr.
=Epipactis somaliensis Rolfe (1897)
=*Epipactis amoena Buch.-Ham. ex Wall.
=Epipactis wallichii Schltr.
=Epipactis handelii Schltr.
=Helleborine consimilis Druce
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb erect or scrambling, 0,2-1 m long, densely pubescent; rhizome creeping; stem leafy; leaves 8-20, linear-lanceolate, 10-28x3-6 cm, plicate; inflorescence 9-24 cm long, lax, 15-30-flowered; bracts lanceolate, 5-15x1-1,5 cm; flower tepals green to buff or yellow, with broad purple marginal bands; lip white or buff with purplish hypochile and a purple band on epichile; sepals lanceolate, 1-2x0,5 cm; petals slightly smaller; lip 2-partite, 1-2x0,7-1,2 cm; hypochile c. 1 cm long, narrowly saccate with auriculate base and erect sides; epichile fleshy, obscurely 3-lobed, with a central raised longitudinal ridge and suberect side lobes.
Ecology : Moist places below cliffs; grassy hillsides; near springs and irrigation canals; close to streams and wadis; 400-2000 m alt.
  Note: Efimov (2007: 30) notes that the “name Epipactis consimilis (Prodr. Fl. Nepal.: 28, 1825) was adopted for E. veratrifolia in several publications, including Flora Reipublicae Popularis Sinicae (Luo 1999). Later Chen & Luo (2002b = Acta Phytotax. Sin 40/5: 465-469) based on Don’s description (since nothing is known about the type) demonstrated that E. consimilis D. Don 1825 should be most probably treated as a synonym of E. helleborine [(L.) Krantz]”.
  Egypt (Sinai); Cyprus; SW Saudi Arabia, SW Yemen, N Oman (Kilian & al. in Willdenowia 32: 264, 2002); Palestine, Turkey E-wards to Nepal, Himalayas, SW China. – A record from Algeria not confirmed (Fragm. Florist. Geobot. 44/2: 309, 1999).
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carte afrique num 46952
Record n°46952
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