Bienenragwurz in Südhessen

Freitagabends nach einer stressigen Woche ging es kurzfristig mit zwei Vereinskollegen in ein sehr schönes Orchideenbiotop in Südhessen. Genau das Richtige, um das Wochenende einzuleiten.

Ziel war natürlich die Bienenragwurz. Die Pflanzen stehen dort sehr schön in Blüte und sind dieses Jahr wieder zahlreich zu finden.

Natürlich gibt es auch hier noch die anderen üblichen Verdächtigen Arten und so gab es wieder etwas fotografischen Beifang.


3 Gedanken zu „Bienenragwurz in Südhessen

  1. Outstanding series of photos, Martin. While you are wishing to see some of our orchids I am coveting the opportunities you have to see the European species. I suppose that holds true both ways, but we have nothing like some of these in this country, certainly not here in Washington. Perhaps someday.

    We were out to see the Phantom Orchids this week (Cephalanthera austiniae). They are quite rare but there is one place in the Columbia River gorge where there are thousands of them. They are our only species in that genus and the only species that is mycotrophic, leafless and achlorophyllous.

    • We have 3 species in the Cephalenthera genus: C. rubra, C. damasonium and C. longifolia. All of which are outstandingly beautiful. C. austiniae would be such a treat to see.
      In Germany we have two species that are mycotrophic and have no chlorophyll: Epipogium aphyllum (Ghost orchid), a very rare and weird orchid and Neottia nidus-avis (Bird’s-nest orchid), which is one of the more ordinary orchids here.
      It seems that some Epipactis (like E. purpurata lus. rosea or E. mycrophylla) might go into that direction but they are not completely there, because they have (small) leaves. Highly interesting.

      • Interesting indeed. I don’t know why we have so many mycotrophic plants here – must have something to do with the soil or weather or nature of the forests, whatever, but we not only have all the Coralroots (5 species) but the Phantom Orchid, too, and then a whole list of other weird plants, Candystick, Gnome Plant, Pinesap, Pinedrops, Groundcones, Indian Pipes, etc.

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