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Himantoglossum hircinum

Orchis bouc
Lizard Orchid

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Plant family

Area

Sainte Baume

Flower colour

purple

Flower size

lip 30-50 mm

Flowering months

June,

July

Leaf type

Elliptic

Height

50-90 cm

Description

One of the tallest Orchids. The name in France ‘Orchis bouc’ refers to the goat-like smell of the orchid to attract insects.

Flowers

The sepals and petals form a small hood above the lip. It has a very small spur and just above the spur is a long bract. The lip is speckled with purple or pink, twisted, long and ribbon-like.

Leaves

Elliptic oval leaf. Oval to oblong, withered by flowering time.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: in 3 parts.

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