Orchis militaris (Military Orchid / Soldaatje) combines two of the qualities which make orchids so alluring; great rarity and great beauty. It is also one of the so-called 'maninkin' orchids in which the flowers resembles a tiny human figure (see also yesterday's image). Military Orchid brings to mind a soldier with a huge helmet. The rows of purple spots down the centre of the lip are reminiscent of buttons on a soldier's tunic.
Image: Lanaye (B) - 20/05/2010
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