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Orchis purpurea

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 19 May 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestial Orchids

The sight of a group of Orchis purpurea (Lady orchid / Bruine orchis) in a woodland glade in the early days of May is always a delight. In the south of Belgium there are a few places where this stately orchid can be found in calcareaous grassland. It is a rather large species with spikes of about 50 cm tall. It is one of the 'manikin' orchids, and the flowers form a miniature human figure. The petals and sepals form a dark 'bonnet'. The lip itself is devided into several lobes to form the "arms" and the "skirt" of a lady...
In the bud, the lip is always placed at the top. While opening, the flower has to turn upside down to place the lip at the bottom of the flower in order to provide a landing place for insects. This proces is called "resupination" and can be seen in this picture where the uppermost flowers are not fully resupinated yet .

Image: Rochefort (B) 16/5/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/250 second F/5.6 ISO 200 210 mm

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Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

wow.. stunning.. 5*

19 May 2010 9:03am

@Sarito: Thank you very much, Sarito

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Prachtig en wat een kleuren!

19 May 2010 11:58am

@Monique: Raar toch dat de Nederlandse naam voor deze soort "Bruine orchis" is. Als je enkel kijkt naar de helmpjes valt er wel iets voor te zeggen, maar voor mij zijn de andere kleuren toch sprekender. Het is een heel mooi zichtbare soort over het algemeen. Door het kleurenpallet en de grootte kan je er eigenlijk moeilijk naast kijken.

Céline from New York City, United States

Lovely tones ! Nice DOF !

19 May 2010 6:01pm

@Céline: Thank you again for your kind comment, Céline.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Very interesting plant, Johan. I like the natural history info as always.

20 May 2010 2:22am

@Julie Brown: You're welcome, Julie. I think knowing something more on what you see is a little extra. For me it ads also more respect to the wonders of nature.

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Prachtige details, patronen en kleur!!

20 May 2010 8:25pm

@Mascha: Dank je, Mascha.

"Dutch" from Chicagoland, United States

You have certainly introduced me to flowers I would have never thought were orchids or even in the family. For that I thank you even if I won't remember all their names? Do you have books or just online research? My perspective on this one.. a bunch of butterflies roosting on a soft crimson cone [like pinecone].

24 May 2010 4:40pm

@"Dutch": You surely don't have to remember all the names to enjoy them :-) (You can always use my galery as a reference :-) ) Most of my research is via specialised books - I've build my own library... And on the Belgian species I do scientific research together with some friends. We hope to contribute to the understanding, maintainace and protection of those lovely species.
I've recently started a new blog on European orchids, but its a lot of work and for now I have little time - I will bbe working on that again in July and August... When I have finisched some more post there, i will send you the link :-)
Thanks again for the extensive comments! Highly appreciated, Kristen, as always.

Dutch from Chicagoland, United States

Thank you Johan, I would love to see your Orchid blog.

26 May 2010 12:34pm

@Dutch: I'll send the link when there is some more info to find - I just started and am too busy right now to work on that.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Oh, that one I know!!! (That will be the first of the fellows you show here ;D) i saw many of them in Austria as a child and my dad always handled it as a big event and started pulling out the camera of the rucksack ;D

27 May 2010 10:32pm

@daniela scharnowski: Think your dad was as mad as I am then ... Or he was just right in doing that ... Hope my kids will do the same...once ....

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

how gorgeous!

8 Jun 2010 5:12am

@Magda: Thx again, Magda.

Canon EOS 400D
1/250 second
ISO 200
210 mm