Sunday, 24 April 2011

Anacamptis papilionacea

Anacamptis or Orchis papilionacea Butterfly Orchid

Orquidea mariposa

This beautiful orchid is found on limestone and grasslands and is found in the Mediterranean, eastwards to the Caspian Sea and North Africa. It grows from 20-40cms tall and flowers from March to May. We found this solitary plant in April in a site we had never seen it before so it was very exciting, but a few days later we went along again and it had been dug up! Why on earth did someone do that? They thought that it would look pretty in their garden, where of course it must have died.

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