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Neotinea lactea

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 29 April 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestial Orchids

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

More images and info on this species (and on European terrestrial orchids) can be found on my Wordpress-Blog about European Orchids.

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

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Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Really beautiful capture, I like color and light

29 Apr 2012 5:47am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Een mooie foto van deze orchidee ! Mooie scherpte, belichting en details.
Ik wens je een fijne zondag.

29 Apr 2012 7:59am

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Very strange but beautiful petals!

29 Apr 2012 4:14pm

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