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Anacamptis pyramidalis

Anacamptis pyramidalis
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Copyright: anita and mike allsopp (juanit) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 5 N: 270] (1522)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-16
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D40X, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM
Exposure: f/11, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): my favourite european orchids, Orchids of Puglia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-26 11:14
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Points: 10
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Pyramidal Orchid

Anacamptis pyramidalis owes its name to the form of the inflorescence which can be quite impressive in contrast to the thin stem. The plant can grow to a height of 20 to 60 cm. The foliage leaves - lanceolate, green and unspotted - form a rosette at base. Further up they embrace the stem neatly. The pyramidal form of the inflorescence is accentuated expecially in the early bloom, the later form is more conical. There are about 10 to 60 flowers, tightly arranged, each with an downward directed spur and supported by a long bract. The two petals form a hood with the dorsal sepal. The other sepals have a lanceolate form and are spreaded horizontally. The labellum is deeply three-lobed with two lateral lobes almost as long as the middle lobe - this one can be sometimes slightly divided. Outstanding are two longitudinal ridges at the base of the labellum. The two pollinia are attached to a commun sticky plate, the viscidium.

Taxonomic discussion
In 1753, Linné registered the plant as Anacamptis pyramidalis. For a long time Anacamptis was considered to be a monospecific genus until Richard M. Bateman and others broadened the understanding of the neat relationship with other orchids.

Habitat, bloom and distribution
Anacamptis pyramidalis is growing on meadows and pastures in the mountains, up to 2000 m, as well as in macchia habitats or grassland in the direct vicinity of the sea. Bloom is from March to July. The species can be found in most parts of Europe, with the exception of the Northeast.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-26 11:33]
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Hello Anita and Mike,
How lovely to have a beautiful Pyramidal Orchid as a neighbour this time! :-) It is a beautiful speciment and details are very clear. Beautiful natural colours too against the soft green background.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Hi anita and mike,
A nice orchid in full bloom. I have posted a similar one too a few days ago.
Best regards

Bonsoir Anita,
j'aime beaucoup cette orchidée, dont les couleurs sont splendides
Merci pour cette prise

great closeup, TFS Ori

Bonjour Anita,
Très agrable publication par la finesse des détails et le rendu original des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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