Neotinea lactea (NL: Maskerorchis / EN: Milk-white Orchid / DE: Milchweißes Knabenkraut / FR: Orchis couleur de lait, Orchis lacté) is a species of orchid native to the Mediterranean whose name refers to the milky colour of its flower helmet. The species has an elongated inflorescence that usually carries numerous tightly packed flowers. The flower lip has a knee joint type of profile below the stigmatic cavity and strongly recurved lip edges. The overall impression is of body builder throwing his chest forward and shoulders back. As a Mediterranean species, it likes to grow in the phrygana. It is a relative early flowering species, starting to bloom in February and ending in April.
Image: Monte Iblei (IT-SI) - 02/04/2012
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