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Orchis purpurea

Orchis purpurea
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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: 2011-05-18
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon 550 D, Tamrom 90mm f2.8 DI
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Orchids In France [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-06-11 3:37
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Points: 12
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Orchis purpurea Lady Orchid

Range and habitat

This orchid can be found in most parts of Europe, northern Africa, Turkey, and the Caucasus. Lady orchids usually grow in woodlands, but occasionally occur on savanna. They prefer limestone or chalk soil.

Flowering occurs in late April to June. The Lady Orchid's flower spike can grow to 100 cm in height and is densely covered with up to 50 flowers. The sepals and upper petals are dark red or black. The flower's labellum is pale pink or white, with a center spotted by clusters of dark red hairs. It is divided into three lobes; the outer two are small and narrow, and the inner is large, rounded, and heart-shaped.

The leaves are broad and oval-shaped, forming a rosette about the base of the plant and surrounding the flower spike. They are bright green, and can be up to 15 cm long.

The Lady Orchid may be mistaken for the Military Orchid or Monkey Orchid. The three species often hybridize, making them difficult to identify, although the shape of the labellum is distinct to each species.


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Hallo Anita
This is truly beautiful and I am sure this Lady Orchid with its fine and delicate details and soft colours attracts a lot of beautiful insects. I like the vertical, centralized composition and the close to the eye point of view. I admire your knowledge on the subject as I know it is a difficult one, as my husband used to grow orchids. Now our garden is filled with cycads and a few orchids that was left from earlier years. This orchid has a feminine touch to it, therefore its name is spot-on. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

great multi-flowered specimen, TFS Ori

Great specimen, excellent photo. regards yiannis

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-11 7:32]

Hello Anita,
Excellent sharp detailed photo in beautiful natural colours and a very good centred composition. Great blurred BG.

GReat shot, gotta love thos orvhids


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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-06-12 6:03]

A lovely specimen, beautifully captured!

Enjoy you Sunday!


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