Anacamptis sancta

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Anacamptis sancta
Orchis sancta Orchi 04.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Genus: Anacamptis
A. sancta
Binomial name
Anacamptis sancta
(L.) R.M. Bateman, Pridgeon & M.W.Chase (1997)
  • Orchis sancta L. (1759) (Basionym)
  • Anteriorchis sancta (L.) E. Klein & Strack (1989)

Anacamptis sancta, also called the Holy orchid, is a species of orchid closely related to Anacamptis coriophora that is found in the eastern Mediterranean.[1]


The species flowers look similar to A. coriophora but are bigger and more variable in color, from pink to red. The lips of its flowers are unspotted, and most of the leaves are withered by the time the plant flowers. [1]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The species is very local or rare[2] and is found in Turkey, Cyprus, Lebanon and Aegean Islands, and favors dry and stony ground.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Anacamptis sancta, Holy Orchid: identification, distribution, habitat". Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  2. ^ Delforge, Pierre (2005). Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East (3rd ed.). London: A&C Black. p. 640. ISBN 0-7136-7525-X.

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