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Spiranthes aestivalis

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 26 September 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestrial Orchids

Spiranthes aestivalis (NL: Zomerschroeforchis / EN: Summer Lady’s-tresses / DE: Sommer-Drehwurz, Sommerwendelorchis, Sommerwendelähre / FR: Spriranthe d’été) is a species of orchid that has declined sharply throughout north-west Europe. It once occured in Belgium but due to changes in habitat it has become extinct for many years now.
The delicate, pure white flower spikes are arranged on the stem in a spiral pattern and during flowering it has several long, narrow leaves at the base of the stem. It is one of the most delicate flowers I have ever seen and finally finding this species after several years of studying European orchids was a real delight.

More images and info on European terrestrial orchids can be found on my Wordpress-Blog about European Orchids

Image: Nidwalden (CH) – 16/07/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/640 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

So beautifully captured, such lovely natural colors and feeling of freshness.

26 Sep 2012 9:35am

Canon EOS 400D
1/640 second
ISO 200
150 mm