Orchis quadripunctata

Four-spotted Orchid; Orchide a Quattro Punte; Vierpunktknabenkraut

S Italy, Sardinia and Sicily eastwards to Cyprus, S Anatolia and the Lebanon.

A rather delicate species, with pink, purplish-red or white flowers and with 2 - 5 spots on the central white part of the labellum. In poor grassland and scrub aon dry and stony soils; ascending to 1500 m. Usually on calcareous substrates.

Photograph: a limestone ridge on Cyprus 2004.
© Paul Hackney.

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