Orchid Photos - page 6

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Grassland Orchids II

Burnt Orchid Burnt Orchid  The Burnt Orchid (Neotinea ustulata) is rather like a miniature Lady Orchid. The unopened buds at the top of the spike are deeply coloured, giving the 'burnt-tip' appearance. Numbers have declined in recent years but it still occurs on chalk downland and a few Northern limestone sites. These plants were on the Berkshire Downs, near the Ridgeway path.

May 2010

Nikon D300s with Tamron 90mm macro lens, 1/125s, f/22

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Burnt Orchid 
Lizard Orchid  Lizard Orchid  Surely the strangest-looking of the British Orchids, the Lizard Orchid (Himantoglossum hircinum) is usually abundant along the coast of Sandwich Bay in Kent and has even spread into neighbouring gardens! The long twisted central lobe of the flower-lip is an extraordinary feature. The plant in the photographs was actually found on a nature reserve in Oxfordshire.

July 2007

Nikon D70 with Tamron 90mm macro lens, 1/1000s, f/8

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Lizard Orchid 
Pyramidal Orchid  Pyramidal Orchid  The Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis) has a cone-shaped flower spike which becomes more cylindrical as the flowers mature. It is a widespread plant of open grassland, though the white form (var. Albiflora), shown in the detail photograph is rare.

June 2009

Nikon D70 with Tamron 90mm macro lens, 1/500s, f/11

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Pyramidal Orchid 
Green-winged Orchid  Green-winged Orchid  The Green-Winged Orchid (Anacamptis morio) is spectacular when it occurs en masse in a traditional flower meadow, as shown here, at Bernwood in Oxfordshire. Colours range from deep purple, through pink, to white. The 'green wings' are most obvious on the white-flowered form shown in the detail photo.

June 2005

Nikon D70 with Tamron 90mm macro lens, 1/125 sec, f/13

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Green-winged Orchid 
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