Orchis italica

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Orchis italica
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Plant of Orchis italica (Tuscany)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Tribe: Orchidae
Subtribe: Orchidinae
Alliance: Orchis
Genus: Orchis
Species: O. italica
Binomial name
Orchis italica

Orchis italica, commonly known as the naked man orchid or the Italian orchid, is a species of orchid native to the Mediterranean.[2] It gets its common name from the lobed lip (labellum) of each flower which mimics the general shape of a naked man. It prefers partial shade and low nutrient soil and flowers in April. O. italica grows up to 50 centimetres (20 in) in height, with bright pink, densely clustered flowers. They are found commonly and widespread in the Mediterranean in large clusters.[3]

Orchis italica


Orchis italica is native to southwestern Europe (Balearic Islands, Portugal, Sardinia, and Spain), southeastern Europe (Albania, Greece, Italy, Crete, Sicily, and countries of the former Yugoslavia), western Asia (Cyprus, the East Aegean Islands, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Palestinian Territories and Turkey), and northern Africa (Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia).[4]


  1. ^ "The Plant List 2013: Orchis italica Poir.". Royal Botanic Garden Kew and Missouri Botanic Garden. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  2. ^ Q Farms (28 July 2012). "Orchis italica or The Naked man orchid". Farming & Agriculture. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Orchis italica - Naked man orchid, Italian orchid". First-Nature.com. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Orchis italica". World Checklist of Selected Plant Families (WCSP). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 

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