Orchis longicornu

Long-spurred orchid; Orchis longue corne; Langsporniges Knabenkraut; Galetti di lungo cornu

A western Mediterranean plant, ranging from Portugal to Sicily in Europe and in Algeria and Tunisia in N Afica. Also in Malta.

Closely related to O. morio, but with a much longer upturned spur. Typically with the side lobes of the labellum a deep violet, the central part of the labellum pale, with many puplish spots. Found in garigue, maquis, limestone and acid grassland. Ascending to 2000 metres altitude.

Photographs: limestone pasture, NW Sardinia 2005.
Paul Hackney.

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