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Pseudorchis albida var. tricuspis

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 20 September 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestrial Orchids

Pseudorchis albida (syn: Leucorchis albida, Gymnadenia albida) (NL: Witte muggenorchis / EN: Small White Orchid, White Mountain Orchid / DE: Weiße Höswurz, Weißzüngel / FR: Orchis blancs, Orchis miel ) is a species of European terrestrial Orchid. The single species in this genus is found in Europe and Greenland. This delicate and unassuming orchid is a boreal species. The combination of its small stature, dense spike of creamy white flowers and deeply three-lobed lip is distinctive. The individual flowers are bell-shaped and very small, just 2-4 mm across. The spike is carried on a long stem with a cluster of shiny green leaves at the base. The image shows var. tricuspis which favours calcareous soils and has the lateral lobes of the lip almost as long as the central lobe. (var. albida favours more acid soils and has the lateral lobes of the lip clearly shorter than the central lobe). The flowers produce nectar and are visited by butterflies, day-flying moths and solitary bees. Self-polination also occurs, as the pollinia eventually fall onto the stigma if an insect has not removed them.

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

Image: Passo Gardena (IT) - 10/07/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/800 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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sunstonemaria from California, United States

fantastic, gorgeous!

20 Sep 2011 5:55am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Heel mooi.

20 Sep 2011 8:54am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

lovely tones

21 Sep 2011 12:32am

Canon EOS 400D
1/800 second
ISO 200
150 mm