by Stephen Mifsud
   29 Jan 2023      ()
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Anacamptis collina   (Fan-Lipped Orchid)

Anacamptis collina  (ORCHIDACEAE.) 
Images for this profile are taken from the Maltese Islands after year 2000.

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Profile Date Feb-2005 (taxon update: Feb-2018)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2022). Anacamptis collina - datasheet created on Feb-2005. Retrieved from on 29-Jan-2023

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Anacamptis collina(Banks & Sol.) R.M.Bateman, Pridgeon & M.W.Chase
Published in Lindleyana 12: 120 (1997)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Orchis collina Banks & Sol.
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life] []

Plant Family :

Orchidaceae Juss. (The Orchid Family)
41 species from the Orchidaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Fan-Lipped Orchid, Red Orchid

Maltese name(s) :

Orkida ħamra

Status for Malta :

Indigenous. Present on the Maltese islands before man

Frequency :

Very Common     Common    Frequent     Scarce     Rare    Very rare    Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: GEOPHYTE ( bearing underground bulbs, rhizomes, stolons, etc. )
Germination [info]: Monocotyledon

Legal Protection :

Not legally protected till the last update of this website (2/Mar/2022)

Red List (1989) :

Not listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

Flowering Time :

February – March

Colour of Flowers:

Violet or Pink


Not particularly toxic

Name Derivation :

Anacamptis: "From the Greek ""anakamptein"" which means to curve or bend behind or backwards, referring to the backwards bent bracts located at the base of the labellum". (Greek origin )
collina: pertaining or related to a hill, most likely referring to the habitat of this plant, where in fact is most common on rocky slopes of hills. (Latin origin )

Planting in rural areas :

Can be planted in rural areas according to ERA Guidelines

Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe: Data will be available in the next update of this website.
Preferred habitat in Malta: Calcareous garigue and steppes. Likes damp shallow soil but can tolerate arid environments.
Botanical Description: Data will be available in the next update of this website.

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):
Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(from Euro+Med Checklist, 2019)
  Country codes  
Ag Al Bl Cr Cy Ga Gr Hs IJ It Li LS Lu Ma Rf(CS) Sa Si Tcs Tn Tu(A E)

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Species Images (53 images)
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-0.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-1.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-2.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-3.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-4.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-5.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-6.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-7.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-8.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-9.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-10.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-11.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-12.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-13.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-14.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-15.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-16.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-17.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-18.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-19.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-20.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-21.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-22.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-23.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-24.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-25.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-26.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-27.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-28.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-29.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-30.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-31.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-32.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-33.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-34.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-35.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-36.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-37.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-38.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-39.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-40.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-41.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-42.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-43.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-44.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-45.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-46.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-47.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-48.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-49.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-50.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-51.
   Anacamptis collina   -   Image Code: ANCCL-52.

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