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Early purple orchid

Orchis mascula


It is a very polymorphous orchid. Orchis mascula is a herbaceous plant with stems up to 50–60 centimetres of height, green at the base and purple on the apex. The leaves are grouped at the base of the stem. It blooms from April to June.


Spotted at an oak forest (Quercus pyrenaica). Reserva de la Biosfera del Real Sitio de San Ildefonso-El Espinar.


Camera Model: NIKON D500. Exposure Time: 1/160 sec.; f/22; ISO Speed Rating: 5000. Focal Length: 90.0 mm. No flash fired. DSC_2486, 2487, 2491, 2496

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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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