Orchis militaris (NL: Soldaatje / EN: Military Orchid / DE: Helm-Knabenkraut) is a species of orchid native to Europe. It is the type species of the genus Orchis. This plant grows to a height of 20 to 50 cm with a robust stem with rather drawn up oblong basal leaves. The inflorescence forms a purplish dense cone consisting of from 10 to 40 flowers. In each flower the sepals and side petals are gathered together to form a pointed "helmet" (whence it gets its name), a lilac colour outside and a veined purple colour inside. The central tongue finishes in two lobes separated by a tooth.
More images and info on European terrestrial orchids can be found on my Wordpress-Blog on European Orchids
Image: Visé (B) - 13/05/2011
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