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Anacamptis coriophora subsp. fragrans
Anacamptis coriophora subsp. fragrans (Orchis fragrans) is a small to medium-sized, orchid 20-40 cm tall, that has a compact spike of numerous small, scented flowers. Its flowers vary in color from greenish pink to a dark red, and display a characteristic spotted lip. This orchid is perennial and bulbous. Anacamptis coriophora subsp. fragrans can be distinguished from the Anacamptis coriophora by its finer stem with fewer leaves and larger, paler flowers, in which the central lobe of the labellum is noticeably longer than the others. In addition, this species has strongly vanilla-scented flowers that produce nectar, which attracts many species of insect pollinators.
Habitat: Common in dry, sunny areas of phrygana, rocky valleys and grassy places near the coast and areas with short vegetation on sand dunes, even where exposed to occasional flooding by the sea. Distribution: Distributed widely in the Mediterranean and Greece, in lowlands and islands. Flowering time: Late May into June. The pictured flowered plants were spotted in a prairie in Kassandra peninsula, Chalkidiki, Greece.