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Spiranthes spiralis

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 31 October 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestial Orchids

Spiranthes spiralis (NL: Herfstschroeforchis / EN: Autumn Lady’s-tresses / DE: Herbst-Drehwurz, Herbst-Wendelähre / FR: Spiranthe d’automne) is the latest-blooming native species of orchid, blooming in August and September. Finding it definitely concludes the orchid season.
The slender spikes of 3-21 small greenish-white flowers do not grab attention and can easily be missed from a walking height. They become much more obvious from a low vantage point. The spikes are arranged in a row up the stem. In most plants this is twisted so that the flowers form a spiral pattern, but in some the twist is so slight that the flowers simply form a line along one side of the spike. The spiral can either be clockwise or anti-clockwise (both forms can be seen in the image !) and is mostly twisted les than 360°, although in some plants it may be though tree full turns.

Image: Wijlre (NL) – 18/08/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/3200 second F/2.8 ISO 200 150 mm

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Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Heel heel mooi, Johan !!!
Ik wens je een prettige dag.

31 Oct 2012 8:02am

Canon EOS 400D
1/3200 second
ISO 200
150 mm