Cephalanthera rubra (NL: Rood bosvogeltje / EN: Red helleborine / DE: Rote Waldvöglein) is an orchid found in Europe, north Africa and parts of Asia. Yesterday's image showed the normal pinkish colouring of the flower. In some populations pure white-coloured specimens can be found from time to time. Obviously the lack of pigments is a result of a complex genetic development. These special forms are occurring quite regularly in certain species of orchids, even though they are rather rare. Some of them are just obvious signs of natural variety, while others are seen as a special mutation. Some white-flowered forms have been classified by botanists as a "var. albiflora" or "f. albiflora"
Image: Thillot (FR) - 03/06/2011
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