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Orchids, growing in the wild in Europe

This is a discussion on Orchids, growing in the wild in Europe within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; In those days, quite a few orchids are blooming in Slovenia: some, mainly, are found ...

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    Default Orchids, growing in the wild in Europe

    In those days, quite a few orchids are blooming in Slovenia: some, mainly, are found in the blooming meadows, while the habitat of Cypripedium calceolus - it is the one and only Cypripedium growing in the wild in Europe - is slightly higher, near the foot of the mountains:


    Orchis morio:


    Orchis mascula:



    Orchis simia:



    Orchis purpurea:


    Ophrys insectifera:


    Listera ovata:


    Dactylorhiza maculata:


    Serapias vomeracea:


    Neottia nidus avis, non-photosynthetic orchid:


    Himantoglossum adriaticum:


    Cypripedium calceolus:


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    You have some very good pictures. The one flower I had to call the OH in to see. lol I can see why in Victorian times ladies did not grow orchids. Ah well... The cypridium is amazing! I hope no silly person digs them up. Thanks so much for sharing these with us. It's always nice to see orchids undisturbed in their natural habitat.

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    Another one, Orchis tridenta:

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    Those are just amazing! i like the Orchis simia, it looks like a little monkey on the flower (simian=monkey/ape)
    and i just LOVE the cyps! so hard to find any here!

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    and the correct term to use for non-photosynthetic orchids is "epiparasitic", as they actually steal the food off fungus' attaking tree roots or whatever is under there.....

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    Lovely photos and such interesting species!

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    Wow, I am speechless! I love your photos and the beautiful orchids. The slippers though are just incredible.

    Cheers,
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    Great photos Branka! Who needs Julie Andrews, the Austrian Alps, and Edelweiss when we have got you, these fantastic wild orchids, and the high meadows of Slovenia! AL

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwiorchids View Post
    Those are just amazing! i like the Orchis simia, it looks like a little monkey on the flower (simian=monkey/ape)
    The Ophrys insectifera is aptly named too. It reminds me of a wasp.

    Branka, these are beautiful, interesting, fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing with us. I called my husband over to take a look too.

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    Orchis purpurea looks like a little purple man with a fighter jet helmet on!

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