The Belgian orchid season is fully started now. Several species can be found opening their first flowers. Yesterday I found Orchis anthropophora (former: Aceras anthropophorum - (Man Orchid / Poppenorchis) in massive numbers (over 500 counted !) The narrow flower spikes do not command attention from a distance but on closer look they reveal how apt the English name is. The little flowers indeed look like tiney, hooded, human figures. It is yellowish to greenish, but variably washed with red. Plants in full sun may be on average the reddest. Of the many pictures I made, I shose this one to show because of the composition with these two flowerspikes.
Image: Lanaye (B) 20/05/2010
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