Neotinea tridentata

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Three-toothed orchid
Orchis Tridentata.JPG
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Genus: Neotinea
N. tridentata
Binomial name
Neotinea tridentata
(Scop.) R.M.Bateman, Pridgeon & M.W.Chase
  • Orchis tridentata Scop.

Neotinea tridentata, the three-toothed orchid, is a species of orchid found in southern Europe from Spain to Turkey and Lebanon; northwards to the Crimea, Poland and Germany. This orchid favors grassy places, woodland, scrub and maquis.[1][2]


The genus Neotinea is named after an Italian botanist, Vincenzo Tineo (1791-1856), who was Director of Palermo botanical garden and later the Chancellor of Palermo University. His published works include 'Plantarum rariorum Sicilae' (1817) and 'Catalogus plantarum horti' (1827)[3]. The specific epithet tridentata is Latin for three-toothed, a reference to the three main lobes of the labellum.[citation needed] This species was formerly placed in the genus Orchis as O. tridentata. Orchis comes from the Greek for testicle, a reference to the shape of some species' tuberous roots.


  1. ^ Encyclopedia of Life. "Neotinea tridentata (Scop.) R.M. Bateman, Pridgeon & M.W. Chase - Encyclopedia of Life". Retrieved 2009-09-24.
  2. ^ National Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland (2004). "Orchis tridentata". ORCHIDS OF EUROPE WEB SITE. Retrieved 2009-09-24.
  3. ^ Plant Lives - Plant Biographies

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