(pronounced: an-ah-KAMP-tiss)


Orchideae subtribe Orchidinae

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Terrestrials arising from tubers. Leaves rosulate, deciduous. Inflorescences terminal, erect, long-pedunculate, densely-flowered spicate racemes. Flowers pink to mauve. Sepals and petals free, subsimilar, subequal, the dorsal sepal appressed to the petals forming a hood. Lip three-lobed, with callus ridges and a spur. Column short; pollinia 2, on a common viscidium.


From the Greek anakamptein, meaning to bend back, referring to the shape of the spur.


A monotypic genus native to Europe and North Africa.

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Nazarov, V. V. and K. A. Efetov 1993. On the role of Zygaenidae (Lepidoptera) in pollination of Anacamptis pyramidalis (Orchidaceae). Zool. Zhurn. 72:54-67.