Series: Images of a botanical trip to the Free State of Thuringia (German: Freistaat Thüringen) in Germany from 15 - 19/04/2011
Neotinea ustulata (NL: Aangebrande orchis / EN: Burnt Orchid / DE: Brand-Knabenkraut) was described in 1753 by Carl Linnaeus as Orchis ustulata. The name derives from the Greek orchis όρχις = testis (the form of the tubers) and ustulata, burnt from Latin = ustulatus, fire-starting. (referting to the black color of the blooming inflorescence). The petals and sepals form a 3 to 4 millimeters wide, almost spherical helmet, which is outside stained dark purple to black. The lip (labellum) is about 5 to 8 millimeters long, and deeply lobed, white to rose-dotted (rarely pure white). It is one of the smallest species of the genus . The species is lime-loving and settled in particular light-and heat-exposed meadows of the middle and high mountains. The species is highly endangered in Germany. In Belgium it is near extinct with only very few (4?) and very small populations left.
Image: Günserode (DE) - 19/04/2011
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