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Cephalanthera rubra f. albiflora

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 31 July 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestrial Orchids

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"

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

Image: Thillot (FR) - 03/06/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/1600 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Canon EOS 400D
1/1600 second
ISO 200
150 mm