18 Juni 2010

The Large Fragrant Orchid

The large fragrant orchid (Gymnadenia conopsea) is an orchid 45-60 cm high. The lips have three lobes with a long lip in the center of the flower. The strong, sweet smell attracts insects.

The large fragrant orchid is across northern Europe and parts of Asia to find a height of 2500 m. In the Netherlands, she is rare and is sometimes en masse in calcareous environments, especially in dune valleys in the Wadden Sea and in South Limburg. The flowering period is from June to August.

Within the sex of the muggenorchissen the large fragrant orchid in Europe, a close relative, the fragrant fragrant orchid (Gymnadenia odoratissima). That there is substantial and is in similar biotopes. But the latter is usually smaller with a shorter, more compact inflorescence, even more fragrant, and the track is much shorter and thicker.

Outside, the large fragrant orchid can be confused with the equally pink dog herb (Anacamptis pyramidalis) or some orchid species. Also here is the distinction by the thick, elongated inflorescence, the presence of one trace and the strong smell.

The large fragrant orchid is protected in the Netherlands by the Flora and Fauna and is on the Dutch Red List of Plants of 2000 as very rare and very much reduced.

Source: http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grote_muggenorchis

See also: International Flower Delivery, Florist

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