Orchis collina

Fan-lipped orchid; Orchis filtre; Sacksporniges Knabenkraut

Widespread throughout the Mediteranean region of Europe and Africa.

Growing up to about a foot (c.30 cm) in height, with a rosette of leaves and a number of sheathing stem leaves. The flowers have an undivided lip with a wavy edge Found mainly on dry calcareous soils in open woodland, garigue and grassy places.

Photographs: near Almeria, S Spain 2005.
John Page.

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