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Dactylohiza viridis

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

Series: European Terrestrial Orchids

Dactylohiza viridis (syn: Coeloglossum viride) (NL: Groene nachtorchis / EN: Frog Orchid, Bracted Green Orchid / DE: Grüne Hohlzunge / FR: Orchis grenouille, Orchis vert, Satirion vert) is a species of terrestrial orchid generally found within the palearctic and alpine ecozone. Plants arise from fleshy, forked roots and ranges in height from 10-55 cm. Leaves of the Frog Orchid are 5-14 cm long and 2-7 cm wide; leaves at the base of the orchid are obovate to elliptical, while leaves higher on the stem become lanceolate. Two to six leaves are found one one plant, and leafing is alternate. The inflorescence of the orchid is a dense spike-like cluster containing 7 to 70 small flowers. Flowers are greenish in color, and often tinged with purple, reddish, or red-brown colour. The specimen in the image is a bit unusual intense coloured.

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

Image: Canazei (IT) - 12/07/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/80 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Canon EOS 400D
1/80 second
ISO 200
150 mm