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.
Meadow in an oak forest (Q. pyrenaica). Reserva de la Biosfera Real Sitio de San Ildefonso-El Espinar
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
Lat: 40.71, Long: -4.24
Spotted on Jul 1, 2018
Submitted on Nov 12, 2018