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Orchis lactea

L’Orchis lacté
Milky Orchis

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Plant family

Area

Les Maures

Flower colour

white

Flower size

lip 10 mm

Flowering months

February,

March,

April

Leaf type

Lanceolate,

Elliptic

Height

10-20 cm

Description

A tuberous perennial having enlarged underground structures for storage of nutrients.

Flowers

Rarely more than 20 cm in height, flowers whitish or greenish-pink. The sepals are hooded with diverging pointed tips, often striped with green. The whitish lip, heavily spotted in the centre, has 3 lobes, the central lobe divided into 2 blunt lobes. Often the lobes are of a deeper lilac to red and also spotted. Spur curves downwards.

Leaves

Elliptic oval leaf, Lanceolate leaf is lance-shaped: long and widest in the middle. A basal rosette of 3-4 leaves, oval to long, pointed.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: numerous tiny seeds.

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