I'll take some time again to update my project on European orchids with some species I found last weeks. The first to present here is Cephalanthera rubra (Red helleborine / Rood bosvogeltje). There were some days in history this species could be found in Belgium, but nowadays I have to travel to Germany to find it. (There is also a place in Holland, but those are human-planted specimens - so no option for me...). In previous years I always was too early or too late to find it blooming, but this year for the first time I was able to see one of the most attractive West-European orchids in full glance. With a color closer to pink than red it can be found mainly in beechwoods. It is a shy flower: even when it flowers, there may be more non-flowering plants in the vicinity, and it can remain in a vegetative state for many years. I found about 12 plants with only 4 of them flowering... In the dark beechwood I had to wait over half an hour until a scarce glimpse of sunlight touched the flowers to get this image.
Image: Bad-Münstereifel (DE) - 02/07/2010
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