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Orchis ustulata

Orchis ustulata
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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: 2008-04-21
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D40X, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Orchids of Puglia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-22 8:10
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Points: 12
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Orchis ustulata

Burnt Orchid. This orchid gets its common names from the dark colour of the unopened flower buds

5-10 cm tall, with a basal rosette of two to five broad, channelled leaves with prominent veins. There are several sheathing stem leaves and red-tinged bracts. The flower spike is cylindrical and bears 15-50 small, closely packed flowers. The sepals and upper petals form a tight hood which is dark reddish-brown when the flowers first open, giving the appearance of being 'burned', but fading rapidly as the flowers mature. The lip is white with two rounded side lobes and a bluntly-forked central lobe, marked with discrete crimson spots. There is a short, down-curved, conical spur. The flowers are sweetly-scented.

Flowering season: April August

Habitat: Full sun on alkaline to acidic, dry to moist subtrates. Short poor grassland, mountain pastures, transitional zones in marshland, more rarely garrigue and open woodland

Widespread throughout much of Europe, except the far north and far south

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-22 8:21]
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Hello Anita,
I'm sorry to have missed out on so many of your very fine captures from Italy! I bet you had a lovely time there! I love this little Orchid, very rare here although I've seen it in large numnbers in the Alps! Very fine capture, great sharpness, lovely colours and well composed.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Anita and Mike,
This is a real beauty, with brillant colours and nice background. Very well done. Best regards,

great, natural capture, TFS and greetings Ori

Beautiful Orchids. TFS.
- Nirmal

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2008-05-23 0:47]
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Lovely orchid. Never seen that one.

The colors, contrast, and light are perfect to bring out the beauty of the flowers.



Another beauty! How do you find these flowers???

They are absolutely gorgeous.

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