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Orchis × spuria

Orchis × spuria
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-06
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Orchids of Belgium [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-06-12 12:33
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Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
In the Orchid world, hybridization is quite common… This tall Orchid has characteristics of its both “parents”.

Orchis × spuria Rchb.f. (1849)
Family: Orchidaceae

This is not a species but a nothospecies or a natural hybrid formed by direct hybridization of two species, indicated by the “x”.
This one comes from the hybridization of Orchis militaris and Orchis anthropophora. The both “parents” are growing close, in the same meadow. It took the form and size of O.anthropophora and the colors of O.militaris.

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Hy Catherine
Such richness in Vise! It is a very interesting natural hybrid, but with nice characteristics. Perfect sharpness and beautiful colors.
All the best,

Nice one Cat. This is the one I showed you when we accidently met there last year I think :) Very sharp for f2.8, well done


Good Morning dear - the queen of the orchids:)

It is very interesting to see a hybrid amongst to orchids dear!
Realy an amazingly beautiful macro! I like the composition and use of shallow DOF. The colors are nice and warm as well.
TFS and have a nice Sunday with Murdoc:)


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-06-13 0:47]

Hi Catherine
Great shot of this lovely orchid! Colors and details are perfect!
Blurred BG is amazing.

Ciao Catherine. A superb vertical delicate idea with brigh colours and great light. Top sharp and details.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-06-14 4:13]

Bonjour Catherine,
N'étant pas spécialiste des Orchis, je viens d'apprendre par ta note que l'hybridation est chose commune pour ces fleurs. Sur mon pré il y a plusieurs sortes et je n'ai jamais vraiment su comment les nommer, car il y a des teintes très différentes.
Une contribution précieuse à TN. Un grand merci.

Hi Catherine,

that is a very nice picture of a very rare Orchid hybrid! I am absolutely impressed.


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  • juanit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 5 N: 270] (1522)
  • [2010-07-13 13:16]

Hello Catherine

Wonderful capture of this natural hybrid.Nice composition and colours. I think it is a long time since this hybris has been seen here in the UK.
Great notes explaining why it is a cross.
Anita & Mike

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