Orchis morio var alba
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may be re-named: Anacamptis morio
A compact plant 5-15 cm (rarely up to 40 cm) tall, with seven to eight blue-green, unspotted basal leaves and one or two pointed, clasping stem leaves. There are 5-12 flowers varying in colour from lilac to blackish-purple, the bracts also being flushed with purple. In most populations there are a few pinkflowered plants and about 1% with pure white flowers alba.The broad lateral sepals are marked with six to seven green, or sometimes bronze-coloured, parallel veins which give the species the alternative name of Greenveined Orchid. The dorsal sepal and blunt upper petals form a loose hood. The lip is broad and three-lobed, with the central lobe shorter. The margins are wavy and the lateral lobes folded back. The centre of the lip is white or pale, marked with heavy, dark flecks. The spur is stout and upcurved, with a slightly inflated tip which may be notched. There is no free nectar in the spur, but sugars are stored in the spur wall. Some plants, especially those which are pale coloured, have a strong vanilla scent, while others appear to be scentless.
Small, dark-coloured Early-purple Orchids with unspotted leaves may look similar, but lack the green veins on the outer sepals.
Grassy habitats on baserich or even mildly acidic soils: found in ancient hay meadows, unimproved pastures, sand dunes, road verges, churchyards and sometimes lawns.
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Hi Anita and Mike,
what a beautiful orchids gallery... The focus from this one could be a little better, I think. But I like the compo and the colors... I like wild orchids too, from Réunion Island. You can see them on my gallery.
Regards and happy new year
Hello Anita and Mike,
Beautiful, delicate orchid flower. The soft focus and soft colours give it a dreamy effect. Thanks for sharing.
Wishing you a very very Happy New Year 2008.
- [2008-01-01 16:33]
Hello Anita and Mike,
Very nice orchid that I have never seen.
TFS. Do keep sharing your orchids with us, please!
La couleur est très inhabituelle, mais on reconnait bien l'anatomie d'orchis morio. Intéressante forme blanche.
Another beauty! :) I missed this one when you first posted...I just haven't been around much. Again, a wonderful species. I love your collection.