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Bug Orchid (70)
Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Bug Orchid, Orchis coriophora

Swedish name: Brunnycklar, meaning 'brown keys': all Orchis species are called 'keys' in Swedish. The Swedish name refers to the brownish colour when viewed at a distance.

We were cycling along a path that skirts the famous Albufera Nature Reserve when we saw strange brownish-red plants growing along the path. When we stopped to take a closer look we realised that they were orchids. They are not small but don't stand out among the vegetation.

More details can be seen in the WORKSHOP.

It flowers from April-July and is widespread in S and C. Europe, growing in damp calcareous, sometimes slightly acid soils.

It is closely related to Orchis fragrans, of which it was once regarded as a subspecies.

It was taking with my long lens hand-held at about 2.5 meters (8ft) in the late afternoon. After slight cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened, adjusted for shading and converted from RAW to JPEG.

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Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Edited by:Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)

A closer view shows the beauty of the flowers