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Neottia cordata

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 22 October 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestrial Orchids

Neottia cordata (syn: Listera cordata) (NL: Kleine keverorchis / EN: Lesser Twayblade, Heart-leaved Twayblade / DE: Kleines Zweiblatt, Herz-Zweiblatt /FR: Listère en coeur) is one of the smallest european orchids and can be found in upland bogs and mires, moorland and other mossy places and occasionally in pine forests. The species rarely exceeds 15 cm (usually between 5 and 10 cm) in height. It is never very common but may be frequently overlooked because of its small size and a tendency to grow underneath heather on sphagnum moss. The single erect flower-stem is often tinged red and is clasped near the base by a pair or ovate-orbicular glossy green leaves (two blades - twayblade) . The individual very small flowers (Lip 3.5 - 5 mm long) which look deceptively simple in structure for an orchid, are are a mixture of green, pink and brown (although some are almost yellow) in colour with a somewhat swollen calyx.

The image is made with 150mm macro at 1:1 + 2x TC making the actual size of the image about 11mm x 7mm !

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Image: Maloja (CH) - 20/07/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/2 second F/18.0 ISO 200 300 mm

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Jaytee from Fresno, California, United States

Very neat! I love this macro.

22 Oct 2011 2:56pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Nice close up!

22 Oct 2011 10:44pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/2 second
F/18.0
ISO 200
300 mm

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