A Time for Orchids

Sawfly Orchid (Ophrys tenthredinifera)
Sawfly Orchid (Ophrys tenthredinifera)


I´ll say it again, La Mancha is not a dust bowl of sleepy villages but a vibrant region of colour. Every spring there is a myriad of orchids screaming for your attention in the country. The variety and colour is fantastic. Take this Sawfly Orchid for example. It´s amazing how they evolve to get the distinct shapes for certain pollinating insects.


Or this pink Butterfly Orchid.


2011_03_29 PO - Butterfly Orchid (Anacamptis papilionacea) 02 by Mike at Sea
Butterfly Orchid (Anacamptis papilionacea)


The subtler yet densely foliated Toothed Orchid.


2011_03_29 PO - Toothed Orchid (Orchis tridentata conica) by Mike at Sea
Toothed Orchid (Orchis tridentata conica)


And finally an example of the many hybrids that can be seen.


2011_03_29 PO - Orchis champagneuxii x Orchis papilionacea by Mike at Sea
Orchis champagneuxii x Orchis papilionacea
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