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Orchis purpurea

Orchis pourpre
Lady Orchid

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

purple

Flower size

lip 20 mm

Flowering months

April,

May,

June

Leaf type

Lanceolate,

Elliptic

Height

30-80 cm

Description

A sturdy orchid, growing in fields and in high, rocky areas.

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

Flowers

The flower stalk is cylindrical, with up to 50 flowers. The sepals and petals form a deep purple hood. The pale pink or white lip, spotted with purple, has 2 narrow ‘arms’ and 2 ‘legs’ with a tiny protuberance between. Fragrant.

Leaves

Elliptic oval leaf, Lanceolate leaf is lance-shaped: long and widest in the middle. Rosette, oval to long, pointed, mid green, shiny and fleshy. Before flowering the leaves are reddish at the tip.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: numerous small seeds.

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