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Nigritella rubra

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 4 October 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestrial Orchids

Nigritella rubra (syn: Nigritella miniata ; Gymnadenia rubra) (NL: "Rode Vanilleorchis" / EN: Red Vanilla Orchid / DE: Rotes Kohlröschen / FR: Nigritelle rouge) is a species of European terrestrial Orchid. Like its very close relative Nigritella rhellicani this orchid grows in the mid-European alpine zone and can be found in short grassland and alpine meadows between 1,600 and roughly 3,000 metres above sea level. It is less common than the Black Vanilla Orchid. It grows in dry to slightly moist conditions in open sunny positions only on calcareous substrates. It flowers from mid-June to the middle of August. The infloresence of Nigritella rubra is conical at first, becoming egg-shaped when all the flowers are open and has an intense luminous ruby-red colour (rarely pink). Sepals and petals should have about the same width and the margins of the lip are turned upwards to form a narrow tube in the lower quarter (very important characteristics for proper determination). The plant grows from 5 - 30cm in height and has between 7 and 12 leaves at the base of the stem and several further bract-like leaves growing up the stem to just below the flower.

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

Image: Brenta (IT) - 15/07/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/500 second F/4.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Beautifull framed, brilliant DOF. The colours are wonderful

4 Oct 2011 6:26am

Ralf Kesper from Attendorn, Germany

Well made, this beautiful macro.

4 Oct 2011 7:29am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium


4 Oct 2011 8:24am

Jaytee from Fresno, California, United States

Your photos never cease to amaze me. Great work!

4 Oct 2011 2:56pm

Linda from Carmarthenshire, United Kingdom

Excellent DOF and beautiful background :-)

4 Oct 2011 6:38pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

very nice

4 Oct 2011 9:33pm

Mary from PA, United States

I love this one...such a lovely flower.

4 Oct 2011 11:30pm

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Wonderful shot!

6 Oct 2011 4:34pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/500 second
ISO 200
150 mm