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Limodorum abortivum

Limodore à feuilles avortées
Violet Bird’s Nest Orchid

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Additional information

Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

purple

Flower size

40-45 mm

Flowering months

April,

May,

June

Leaf type

Scales

Height

40-80 cm

Description

The colouring of this orchid is quite dark, easy to miss. It has no green leaves, just scales and no tubers. Although it possesses photosynthetic pigments (chlorophyll), there are not enough to support an adult plant, hence no green leaves.

It grows close to evergreen oaks and pines in open woodland. It receives its nutrients from mycorrhizal fungi that have a symbiotic association with the roots of evergreen oak and pines.

Another Limodorum can sometimes be found, Limodorum var. trabutianum, smaller, quite rare.

Flowers

The flowers have violet sepals and petals, they spread outwards and are pointed. The sepals are larger than the petals. The labellum is 14-17 mm long, yellowish, stained with violet.

Leaves

Scales leaves resemble green scales e.g. Cupressus, Juniperus. Numerous sheathing scale leaves, violet-brown.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: with numerous seeds.

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