Epipogium aphyllum

Epipogium aphyllum

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Gastrodieae
SubTribe: Epipogoninae
Genus: Epipogium
Species: E. aphyllum
Binomial name
Epipogium aphyllum
Swartz 1814

Epipogium aphyllum is a cool growing terrestrial orchid from the genus Epipogium.


The plant blooms in the spring and summer with many 1.5 cm wide flowers.


Plant is found in Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Czechloslavakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Ukraine, Western Russia, Central Russia, Eastern Russia, Siberia, , the Chinese Himalayas, eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Pakistan, waestern Himalayas, Bhutan, Myanamar, Japan, Korea and Taiwan


Plant grows in cool conditions.

It is possible to cultivate it in straw bales in a similar way to edible fungi.


Common Names: The Leafless Epipogium, Ghost Orchid


  1. Epipactis epipogum Crantz 1769
  2. Epipactis epipogium (L.) All. 1789
  3. Epipogium aphyllum var. stenochilum Hand.-Mazz. 1925
  4. Epipogium epipogium (L.) H.Karst. 1881
  5. Epipogium generalis E.H.L.Krause in J.Sturm 1905
  6. Epipogium gmelini L.C.M. Richard 1818
  7. Epipogon epipogium (Linne) Karst 1880-3
  8. Epipogon epipogon Kern. 1893
  9. Epipogon generalis E.H.L. Krause 1905
  10. Limodorum epipogium Sw. 1799
  11. *Orchis aphylla Forssk. 1775
  12. Satyrium epipogium Linne 1753
  13. Serapias epipogium (L.) Steud. 1821

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