Orchid Photos - page 6
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Grassland Orchids II
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.
Nikon D300s with Tamron 90mm macro lens, 1/125s, f/22
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.
Nikon D70 with Tamron 90mm macro lens, 1/1000s, f/8
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.
Nikon D70 with Tamron 90mm macro lens, 1/500s, f/11
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.
Nikon D70 with Tamron 90mm macro lens, 1/125 sec, f/13
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