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Neotinea ustulata

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 7 June 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

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.

More images and info on European terrestrial orchids can be found on my Wordpress Blog about European Orchids (text mostly in Dutch)

Image: Günserode (DE) - 19/04/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/500 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Een prachtige foto van deze orchidee !

7 Jun 2011 8:28am

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Ein großartiges Bild dieses Brandknabenkrautes ! Es ist auch bei uns regelmäßig zu sehen.

7 Jun 2011 1:48pm

Jojigirl from Badian, Philippines

refreshing, delightful!

15 Jun 2011 8:28am

Canon EOS 400D
1/500 second
ISO 200
150 mm