Nigritella rubra (30)
|Name: Nigritella rubra|
This is a rare (and protected) orchid in my country.
The romanian name of this orchid would be translated in english as "brave man's blood".
It is an alpine orchid, groing only above the forest line, in the alpine meadows of the calcarous mountains.
It can't be found in every romanian mountain massive, only insular, on some favuorable spots.
It has (like any alpine flower) a small size, rarely growing over 10 cm high. Blooms in July-August, the flowers being small, clustered and having a strong pleasant vanilla odour.
A remarkably physical feature of all Nigritella species is that they do not have the ovary rotated at 180 degrees, like all other european orchids have.
Therfore a close-up look at the tiny flower will show a upside-down distribution and shape of the tepals like in other orchids.