Himantoglossum hircinum (NL: Bokkenorchis / EN: Lizard Orchid / DE: Bocks-Riemenzunge) is a very distinctive species of terrestial Orchid. The tall spikes (up to 100cm!) of large greyish-green flowers have a untidy, straggly, ragged appearance and on close inspection their structure is unique. The long central lobe of the lip resembles a lizard's tail, and the shorter side-lobes form the back legs. The generic name Himantoglossum derives from the Greek himas 'leather strap' or 'thong' and glossa 'tongue', thus 'strap-tongue', a reference to the long, narrow lip. The smell of this species is very distictive too: a strong smell of billy goat (most pungent in the evening). The specific name hircinum means 'of goats', a reference to this scent.
Image: Ralingen (De) - 07/05/2011
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