Wild Flowers Provence

Identify wild flowers, trees, shrubs, orchids and other plants in Provence, France.

Environ 2800 photos de près de 700 plantes sauvages.  Comment le voir en français.
Around 2800 photos of nearly 700 wild plants.
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Himantoglossum robertianum

Orchis géant
Giant Orchid

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

pink

Flower size

15-22 mm

Flowering months

February,

March,

April

Leaf type

Elliptic

Height

80 cm

Description

The first orchid to appear in early spring. Before being renamed recently it was called Barlia robertianum after the 19th century French botanist ‘Jean Baptiste Barla’. It is very sturdy, with shiny mid-green leaves and a densely packed flower stalk (25 cm).

Garrigues, grassy places, roadsides, scrub and open woodland.

Flowers

Scented. The sepals are reddish violet, spreading; the central sepal curves forward to form a hood with the lateral petals. The lip (15-22mm long) divides into 3 splayed greenish or purple lobes with the central lobe divided in two, lighter in colour and with purple markings.

Leaves

Elliptic oval leaf. Basal rosette leaves oval to long, wider in the middle, pointed, shiny and crunchy, 10-20 cm.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: with numerous seeds.

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