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Himantoglossum hircinum

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 24 June 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestrial Orchids

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.

More images and info on European terrestrial orchids can be found on my Wordpress-Blog on European Orchids

Image: Ralingen (De) - 07/05/2011

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

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Maggy from Liège, Belgium

belle fleur très spéciale
Bon week-end

24 Jun 2011 12:40pm

Vert Pomme from Montreuil Sous Bois, France

Originale et enigmatique.

25 Jun 2011 2:48pm

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