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Anacamptis pyramidalis

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 23 July 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestrial Orchids

Anacamptis pyramidalis (NL: Hondskruid / EN: Pyramidal Orchid / DE: Pyramiden-Hundswurz) is an orchid native to southwestern Eurasia, from western Europe through the Mediterranean region eastwards to Iran. This hardy perennial plant grows to a height of 30 cm. The colour of the flower varies from pink to purple, or rarely white. In the image you can see a rather rare pale pink form and in the background a more common coloured purple specimen. The arrangement of hermaphroditic flowers in a compact pyramidal shape is very distinctive and gives the orchid its common name. The flowers are pollinated by butterflies and moths. The mechanism by which its pairs of pollinia attach themselves to an insect's proboscis was discovered by Charles Darwin and described in his book on the Fertilisation of Orchids. This orchid requires a sunny spot on diverse soils: loamy or clay. It can even grow on very alkaline soil.

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

Image: Visé (B) - 28/05/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/125 second F/5.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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mimicy from Bordeaux, France

Belle netteté et très jolis coloris pour cette superbe orchidée .... une découverte journalière ... et toujours de magnifiques photos ... félicitations

23 Jul 2011 9:50pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/125 second
ISO 200
150 mm