This is exactly the same specimen as yesterdays image but this time in side-view.
As explained yesterday, this species is self-pollinated. In this side-vieuw you can easily see the colomn from which is said to resemble the head an beak of a duck. Also the pollinia can be seen verry well... one just bungling down but be sure to pay attention to the one who has already reached the stigma to pollinate the flower... In this way seeds are easily produced which is without doubt part of the secret of its succes.
This year spring was very cold and dark in Belgium so the flowers are opening about 14 days later then normal shedule ... but there are lots and lots more then in previous years. I don't know if there is a connection between this but if so, for me sping may be cold and dark the next years. :-)))
It is one of the most beautiful plants to be found in Belgium... but still endangered and on the red list !
Let's enjoy strange and beautiful nature !
Image: Treignes (B) - 10/06/2010
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