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Neottia ovata

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 24 May 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestial Orchids

Neottia ovata (Formerly: Listera ovata - Common twayblade / Grote Keverorchis) is a rather unassuming orchid and is one of the commonest and most widely distributed species in Belgian though mostly overlooked. Its small, green, inconspicious flowers belie the fact that it is very long-lived and has an intricate and effiient means of using insects as pollinators.

Image: Lanaye (B) - 20/05/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/640 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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dang from Atlanta, United States

Nothing like orchids I see here, and would probably walk right by if I did. Interesting how the species has changed flower coloring, but makes sense. Really enjoying your series, thanks!

24 May 2010 1:43pm

@dang: All species I show, are typical European species, so you will not find them in America :-) But there are some beautiful members of the family out there as well. I think you can find some info on the web on the American species. And it is true: things you don't know you easily walk by ... I wonder how many people have seen as much bugs, hooverfly's and ants as you have ... Glad you enjoy this series. I'm always inspired by your macro-work too.

"Dutch" from Chicagoland, United States

Green flowers. One would think the insects would overlook them as leaves but I guess they have more going on than seeing things. I'm not sure I would have thought this was an orchid.. but I would have liked it!

24 May 2010 4:35pm

@"Dutch": Today I found proof that insects don't fly by... I wittnessed a pollinator doing his job on this particular species... I just posted the image for tomorrow... Indeed, it is not evident to see the Orchid in this one but all the floristic evidence is there (I won't enoy you with the details :-) ).

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

I always comment on your backgrounds and backlighting because you do them so well!

25 May 2010 2:30am

@Julie Brown: I'm very happy with that :-)))

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

plain and elegant composition, which underlines the complexity of the flowers architecture.
simply wow. =D

27 May 2010 10:21pm

@daniela scharnowski: The holiday must have been inspiring .... so much nice words ... :-)))
Simply thx :-)
Most people do forget this green orchid species - it is not colourfull, forms are a bit "normal" - nothing exceptional for some ... I tried to get the beauty of the species as it is ...

Ralph from Overijssel, Netherlands

Mooi hoe die ombuigd!

28 May 2010 7:22am

@Ralph: De meeste exemplaren staan gewoon kaarsrecht. Dat is echter niet zo boeiend op een foto. Bij deze dacht ik: dit moet hem worden... mijn model voor de dag was gevonden :-)

Canon EOS 400D
1/640 second
ISO 200
150 mm