Orchis troodi (RENZ) P. Delforge, Orchis sitiaca (RENZ) P. Delforge and Orchis anatolica subsp. albiflora Subsp. Novo K. Addam & M. Bou-Hamdan, three new rare orchids joined the Lebanese flora
Dr. K Addam, M Bou-Hamdan, MY Alameh, H Mohammad, J Takkoush
Two new species and one subspecies (novo) from the Orchideaceae family related to Orchis anatolica group are found for the first time in Lebanon, Orchis sitiaca (Renz) P. Delforge in Mount Lebonon, Orchis troodi (Renz) P. Delforge and Orchis anatolica subsp. albiflora Subsp. Novo K.Addam & M. Bou-Hamdan in both Mount and North Lebanon. Morphologically, these species (wrt P. Delforge) resemble Orchis anatolica, but differ in some taxonomic and other details such as the size of the flower, color of sepals and growth altitude. The study discusses, examines, and provides taxonomic description and pertinent information photographs founded all over 16 years of field work. Observations, fresh collections, two specimens and one holotype are also included.