Friday, 9 April 2021

Orobanche muteli

 Orobanche muteli Broomrape


One of the many species of Broomrape growing wild here. Fortunately as it's a parasitic plant it wasn't growing near any crops.  It flowers from March to August, and grows from 10cm to 25 cms tall.

Friday, 12 February 2021

 Himantoglossum robertianum Giant orchid

This beautiful early orchid flowers from January to April and is a native of the Mediterranean basin. It can grow tall to a height of 50cms. I learned today that the bulb is edible  which is probably why the wild boar love it so much.  It can be found up to an altitude of 1,700m.