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Orchis italica, commonly known as the naked man orchid or the Italian orchid, is a species of orchid native to the Mediterranean. It gets its common name from the lobed lip (labellum) of each flower which mimics the general shape of a naked man. It prefers partial shade and low nutrient soil and flowers in April. O. italica grows up to 50 centimetres in height, with bright pink, densely clustered flowers. All wild orchid species are protected in Greece and the pictured plants were spotted in an olive grove in South Pelion.
Spotted on Apr 4, 2017
Submitted on Apr 6, 2017