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Snake Tongue Orchid

Snake Tongue Orchid
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Copyright: David White (dkaved) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-09
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D70S, Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): orchids of the middle east [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-27 6:27
Viewed: 4459
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Serapias Vomeracea - "Snake Tongue Orchid"
Serapias vomeracea has a pair of ball-shaped tubers stored underground ;in March ,these tubers give rise to a few elongated ,glossy green or reddish leaves and a stalk reaching a length of up to 24 in/60 cm .The upper part of the stalk ranges in color between pink and purple -and-red. The function of an inflorescence is served by a sparse raceme bearing 3-10 relatively large flowers , highly variable in color and shape .Botanists distinguish between several independent subspecies of this orchid ,according to the size and shpe of the lip . Robust scales procting the base of the flowers are ,as with the helmets, colored in attractive ,glossy pinkish shades with a markedly embossed red lengthwise venation.The middle lobe of the lip is lanceolate on the end ,up to 1.1 in/2.8 cm long and often inverted .Its color ranges between brick red and brownish purple .Serapias vomeracea inhabits well lighted and warm localities including the macchia,light oak forests ,olive groves and damp meadows .It blooms between March and June. Serapiasvomeracea is a highly variable species widespread in the foam of at least 3 subspecies in the vast Mediterranean area .The southern foothills of the Alps represent the northernmost border of its natural habitat

Ecology of Orchids
The ecology of orchids is a complex topic as the flowers themselves. Orchids have a large habitat diversity and can be found almost anywhere in the world, especially in tropical and warm temperate regions. Many orchids live on other plants (epiphytic), on decayed material (saphrophytic) or independent as usual plants (auto trophic). Nearly all orchids are pollinated by insects notably bees and wasps, but also butterflies, ants, flies and others. Moreover, almost every orchid species is pollinated by just one or two kinds of insects. Even though there are plentiful, many of them may go extinct if its pollinator insect dies out.

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Bonjour David,
Très beau cliché de Serapias, aux couleurs magnifiques et bien mis en valeur par l'arrière plan. merci pour la note très complète.

nicely captured, I always found this dark flwoers difficult. Are u satisfied with the Tamron 90 mm ? Ori

Hi David.
Very beautiful. Lovely light and colour. Good crop. Well done.
Regards, Steve.

Hi David,
quiet unique orchid species, and yes it is really like a tongue of serpent or even in some instance seems like rolling stones symbol :), nice contrast dominated with natural red color, thanks for sharing the notes,


Hi David,
This is a great picture of this orchid specie!
I like so much your framing here, taking good advantage of the vertical inflorescences.
The light there was wonderful, it produces so beauty tones on the greens at back and on the petals tones.
I really like a lot this image!
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hello David,
Those flowers are beautiful and you caught them with nice details, good colors and composition. I also enjoyed reading those interesting notes. The white flower is BG is a little distractive but this is a superb post anyway. Thanks,

Hi Dave,
Nice to see you using the macro again ;-)
Excellent exposure and colors on this one.
Beautiful flower
Cheers, Shir

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-02 12:16]

Hi David,

I have never seen an orchid like this! Absolutely beautiful. The colors are amazing. I love the way it stands out from the bg. Wonderful picture.


hello david!
wonderful flower shot with beautiful colors and sharpness.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-07 5:04]

Hello David,
Lovely picture of this Serapia! The first time I saw this species of orchid I found it really strange but very lovely. Your shot is excellent showing sharp details and lovely colours against the green background.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-12 3:35]

Just popping in to say L’Shana Tova Tekatev v’etachetem!
Superb colours and details and very fine composition

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