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Bug orchid

Orchis coriophora

Description:

Orchid 15 - 40cm height with a dense flower spike. Flowers in the red-garnet range (although there are specimens with greenish hues), with a beak-like hood. The lip is tri-lobed with markings. The entire central lobe is complete and it presents a thick spur with nectar. It is called bug orchid due to its smell. Subespecies "fragans" smell vanilla-like. Within the genus Orchis is considered one of the most primitive groups, by the presence of nectar and by some other chemical characters.

Habitat:

Meadow in an oak forest (Q. pyrenaica). Reserva de la Biosfera Real Sitio de San Ildefonso-El Espinar

Notes:

Camera Model: NIKON D500. Exposure Time: 1/200 sec.; f/22; ISO Speed Rating: 800. Focal Length: 90.0 mm. No flash fired. DSC_2512, 2516, 2518, 2519

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Castilla y León, Spain

Lat: 40.71, Long: -4.24

Spotted on Jul 1, 2018
Submitted on Nov 12, 2018

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