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Orchis militaris x Orchis purpurea

Orchis militaris x Orchis purpurea
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Copyright: john vantighem (john1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-06-09
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Fujifilm 30exr, Sandisk Ultra II 4Gb
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/150 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-06-13 9:33
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Points: 10
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Orchis militaris x Orchis purpurea,

Hybridization amongst the militaris group of Orchis is by no means an uncommon phenomenon and
particularly with the five more common members ( O. simia, O. purpurea, O. italica, O. anthropophora
and O. militaris ) which on the continent, can often be found growing together in huge colonies and
forming intermediates of bewildering variety.

O. purpurea x O. militaris is by far the most frequently encountered of the hybrids and may crop up
wherever the range of the two species coincide in sufficient densities. This overlap covers an enormous area from the UK in the north, down to the Mediterranean and eastwards to Russia. In the most northerly parts of their range and particularly the UK, both species are rare and this scarcity of sites ensures hybrids of the two Orchis are virtually unheard of. O. militaris and O. purpurea do not share identical habitat requirements and its therefore the case that hybrids tend to occur where the sheer numbers of plants make fraternization unavoidable. This is particularly the case in regions of Southern and Central France and the pictures come from Causse and Vercors.

In the more southerly areas of Greece and Italy, O. Italica often replaces these two species and it's
thought that O. italica is in fact O. militaris that has evolved in isolation and adapted to the different more southerly eco-conditions. In Anatolia and Russia O. caucasica is believed to be the result of
O. purpurea x militaris hybridization where the two parents have been irretrievably subsumed into
the swarm. O. stevenii is also resident in these two countries and like O. italica, is thought to be a
geographical adaptation. Given that in Russia one can find both O. purpurea and O. militaris plus their
hybrids, the identification situation can be confusing to say the least.
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hallo ohn
very nice shot with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greetiung lou

Ciao John, lovely composition with fashinating hibryd orchid, excellent clarity, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi John,
beautiful photo of this flower. Amazing colours. Excellent composition and presentation.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6525 W: 89 N: 15623] (65353)
  • [2013-06-13 15:08]

HI John,the quality of your pics is always better day by day,not easy to take this long orchid whit perfect details everywhere,a beautiful specie,a perfect purple in the best exposure,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello John,
Presentation is good,although this is a tall one.Flower's details and colour is eye-catching.Ahainst green BG it is really splendid.Very well note about this specie,for those who don't know this specie.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards and have a nice day,

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