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Ancamptis pyramidalis

Ancamptis pyramidalis

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The genus anacamptis had about twenty species of terrestrial orchids, now enclosed in the genus orchis; only one A. pyramidalis species belongs to the genus anacamptis. It is a herbaceous, terrestrial orchid, free of pseudobulbs, widespread in Europe, mainly in the Mediterranean area, and in Central Asia. It develops small tufts similar to grass, formed by linear or lanceolate leaves, of bright green color, with showy central veining; in spring between the leaves stands a thin stem, rigid, 20-50 cm high, which at the top places a large pyramidal cob of flowers. The stem bears some triangular, sharp and rigid bracts, green or sometimes reddish or purple. The flowers are small, pink, purple or white, delicately scented, characterized by three lower sepals joined together to form a wide trilobate labellum; the flowers bloom in succession, starting from the lower part of the panicle, and flowering lasts a few weeks; every single head of leaves has some floral stems. Plant quite widespread also in Italy, especially in the mid-hill or on the slopes of the mountains, on dry and sunny pastures.

Crop requirements

When you want to grow a plant, it is very important to choose the ideal position to be able to grow it at its best. Each species has certain cultivation needs and for this reason it is good to pay attention to the direct exposure of the sun rays, to the wind, to the frost and to the specific atmospheric conditions of the place where you are. The Ancamptis pyramidalis prefers very sunny positions, for this to avoid the shadow or even the partial shade; it does not fear the cold and in winter it can withstand even intense and lasting frosts, which sometimes cause the complete disappearance of the aerial part. The specimens grown in pots can be placed in slight shade during the hottest months of the year.
The Ancamptis pyramidali tolerate drought very well, even if it is appropriate to water lightly in case of drought, especially during the hottest season of the year, summer.
The soil is the main source of livelihood for our plants. For this reason the choice of the soil must be made on the basis of the specific needs of our Ancamptis pyramidalis. These prefer dry, stony and very well drained soils; they preferably develop on calcareous soils.


The multiplication takes place by seed, during the spring season; It is also possible to divide the clumps of leaves, taking care to maintain a good root system for each portion practiced.

Ancamptis pyramidalis: Pests and diseases

Generally these plants are not attacked by parasites or affected by diseases although occasionally it may happen that the aphids colonize the floral stem damaging the plant in a circumscribed or total manner. To eliminate the problem in a natural way, it is possible to remove the pests manually using a cotton pad, better to use gloves. In extreme cases, cut off the affected part but only if the part damaged by the aphids is rather limited.


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