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Military Orchid

Orchis militaris


This orchid is a herbaceous flowering plant some 30 to 50 cm tall, producing a rosette of oblong basal leaves and a strong stem - one per rosette. The inflorescence is a cylindrical or conical dense terminal raceme, consisting of 20 to 50 flowers. Flowers are between 2 and 3 clm long, and easily recognized by a 'helmet': the sepals and side petals are gathered together to form a pointed "helmet" (responsible for the name of this beauty), a whitish-lilac coloured, but deep purple-veined inside. The central tongue finishes in two lobes separated by a tooth. General colour of the flower is pale-rose or pale lilac; with some more intensively coloured spots.


Found on edges of mixed forest, a small meadow between the forest and road shoulder, growing in a plain light. The forest itself is a protected one, growing on slopes of a smaller mont at the feet of Jura Mountain Range.

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Zlatan Celebic
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Zlatan Celebic

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Tromelin Island

Spotted on May 23, 2019
Submitted on May 24, 2019

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