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Anacamptis papilionacea - expansa

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 19 May 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestial Orchids

Anacamptis papilionacea (NL: Grote vlinderorchis / EN: “big flowered” Butterfly Orchid / FR: Grand Orchis papillon / DE: Großblütiges Schmetterlings-Knabenkraut) must be considered polymorphic and as such, formal recognition of forms and varieties becomes a somewhat arbitrary process. Differences largely occur in flower size and pattern or colour but there are simply too many exceptions, intermediates and regional anomalies to give scientifically sound and infallible descriptions. "Expansa" - also called "Grandiflora", although variable is however one of the more easily distinguished varieties and a good place to study this plant is in Sicily where it is the sole papilionacea representative (though some variant forms are recognized).

Image: Vizzini (IT-SI) – 06/04/2012

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Canon EOS 400D 1/1000 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Dat is een prachtig beeld ! Ik hou van de voorgrond in deze foto - speels.
Ik wens je een fijne dag.

19 May 2012 7:19am

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Jedes deiner Orchideen Bilder sind ein Erlebnis und eine Freude sie anzuschauen !

19 May 2012 7:30pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

very beautiful !
five stars !

19 May 2012 9:14pm

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Stunning details!

22 May 2012 5:35pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/1000 second
ISO 200
150 mm