Sunday, May 05, 2013

Orchis purpurea

A beautifully marked Orchis purpurea blooming along the roadside in Vernegues, France.

In the midst of a large colony of Orchis purpurea.  There was a total absence of them in fields that were previously ploughed.  However, Orchis purpurea, Himantoglossum robertianum, Ophrys lutea and Ophrys provincialis were present in grassy fields that appeared to receive occasional mowing (probably dependent on when the field was mowed, allowing for undisturbed growth in the early Spring).  They were also sometimes present in partially shaded road cuts, if suitable moisture was present.


Hanny said...

Wonderful! There are so many pink-blossoms on the trees blooming here too. Great time of the year.

The Wayward Hawaiian said...

Spring is awesome! Hanny, I'd bet if you poked around you would find a bunch of wild orchids too!