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Nigritella buschmanniae

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 5 October 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestrial Orchids

Nigritella buschmanniae (NL: - / EN: "Adolfine Buschmann's Vanille Orchid" / DE: Adolfine Buschmanns Kohlröschen / FR: Nigritelle d'Adolfine Buschmann) is a species of European terrestrial Orchid. Named after the Austrian botanist Adolfine Buschmann (24.5.1908 - 27.2.1989), the range of this Nigritella sp. is limited to a very small area in Trentino in the Italian Dolomites. Very few populations of this Nigritella can only be found on south- to west-facing slopes on calcareous, humus rich soil in a sheltered, warm location between 1800 and 2400 m. The species blooms from early to mid / late July, about 2 weeks before N. rhellicani in the same area. The species is pentaploid (2n=100 !) and like all polyploid Nigritellas the reproduction is apomictic. Nigritella buschmanniae possesses red to pink or in late anthesis sometimes also whitish flowers; the lip is more or less constricted - the lowermost flowers often excepted. The stem is very strong for a Nigritella, angular and pale green. It was the sixth species of Nigritella I found in the Italian Dolomites during my trip and for me by far the most beautiful !

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Image: Brenta (IT) (loc. typ.) - 15/07/2011

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

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Ralf Kesper from Attendorn, Germany

A beautiful macro. Well done!

5 Oct 2011 7:30am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Een mooie foto!

5 Oct 2011 8:23am

Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia


5 Oct 2011 9:12am

Dan Stevens from Reading, United Kingdom

Very pretty. I like how you have the same flower at different depths in the focal plane.

5 Oct 2011 4:21pm

Linda from Carmarthenshire, United Kingdom

Beautiful DOF and image, really pretty :-)

5 Oct 2011 6:51pm

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