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Pyramidal Orchid

Pyramidal Orchid

Scientific name: Anacamptis pyramidalis

The Pyramidal Orchid is an orchid native to southwestern Eurasia, from western Europe through the Mediterranean region eastwards to Iran. This hardy perennial plant grows to a height of 30 cm. The flower varies from pink to purple, 10 to 12mm, with a three-lobed lip and a curved spur 12 to 14mm long. The scent is described as "foxy" or "clove-like". The arrangement of the flowers in a compact pyramidal shape is very distinctive and gives the orchid its common name. The leaves are narrow and unspotted. This orchid requires a sunny spot on diverse soils: loamy or clay, rarely on sandy soils. It can even grow on very alkaline soil.

Information and photograph courtesy of en.wikipedia.org