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Giant Orchid

Himantoglossum robertianum

Description:

Mediterranean orchid with wide distribution in central Greece, the Peloponnese and the islands. Common in Attica. Robust plant, It is undoubtedly the largest orchid with a height that often exceeds 50cm. Flowers in dense inflorescence with a variety of colors and tones, from red and white to green.

Habitat:

Often in phrygana, stony locations, olive groves, it is the first orchid of the year since it appears even from January.

Notes:

This particular finding was unique because, although you often see this species in groups of 5-6, this is an incredibly dense meadow with more than 300 flowering plants of a variety of colors. It was a lucky day!

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4 Comments

Tania17
Tania17 a month ago

Thank you Jae!

Jae
Jae a month ago

Great serie of photos and information, Tania17.

Tania17
Tania17 a month ago

Thank you Tukup for your kind words and the opportunity to talk a little more about an unusual icon that I don't think I 'll see again in my life.
For me too, such a large population of orchids was an amazing sight although in the open spaces of Athens Airport where this spotting is, 20 taxa of wild orchids have been found (rare or Greek endemics included).
Some species form large populations but in this case, such numbers from the largest and most robust Mediterranean orchid, offers for sure an orgiastic spectacle!

Tukup
Tukup a month ago

I've never seen orchids in the wild growing so abundantly. And the closer you get, the prettier they are. Wow. Thanks for sharing Tania.

Tania17
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Spotted on Feb 23, 2021
Submitted on Mar 7, 2021

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