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Lizard orchid


Lizard orchid
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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: 2011-05-10
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon 550 D, Tamrom 90mm f2.8 DI
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/80 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Orchids In France [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-05-23 6:42
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Points: 6
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Himantoglossum hircinum subsp. hircinum


Widely spread across Europe from Great Britain eastwards to the Balkans and Hungary; western N Africa. Generally rare.

A robust orchid of grassy places, scrub, dunes and open woodland. The plant can attain a height of about 90 cm. The flowers are produced in quite large numbers in the spike; the middle lobe of the labellum is remarkably long and twisted giving the flower spike an untidy appearance.

Himantoglossum hircinum sensu stricto is one of a complex of similar plants. The boundaries between the taxa within the Himantoglossum hircinum aggregate are not always clear



Distinction between species and subspecies is complicated, hindering the exact identification of their range. The striking inflorescences of the sub-Mediterranean Lizard Orchid (Himantoglossum hircinum) can be found across Europe, from Spain eastwards to the Balkans and in western North Africa. In Spain, populations are sparse with sites located in Northern Spain, Southern Spain and Central Spain often at high altitudes (Diez 1985). This is in contrast to the frequent occurrence of the species in France, where it grows in all regions except Finistére (northwest France) and Corsica (Bournérias & Prat 2005). In the British Isles, H. hircinum ssp. hircinum has been restricted mostly to the south and east of England. Populations occur in Kent and Sussex (at about sea-level, often on golf courses), Somerset and Devon, in Gloucestershire and on the North and South Downs. In Germany, populations are scattered, often bound to southward-facing slopes, which create warmer microclimates. H. hircinum ssp. hircinum is found in the mountains of Cilento NP (Dr. Antonio Croce) and Pollino NP in the South of Italy. It does not occur in North Italy, Hungary, Croatia, Czech Republic and Slovenia (where H. adriaticum is present). While the species is predominantly restricted to calcareous grasslands, it is also found on sand or gravel

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Wonderful orchid, thanks for sharing. regards yiannis

hello Anita
SUPER this orchid with great details and lovely colours
great post on TN
i like this on Anita
thanks greeting lou

Bonjour Anita et Mike,
Compte tenu du mimétisme du sujet avec son environnement il me semble qu'il manque du contraste afin de le valoriser pleinement, mais c'est tout de même une agréable publication.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.
Gérard

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