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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2015 9:35 am 
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I've just left the Greek island of Amorgos and thought I would post a few orchid pictures. Spring in Greece has been cold and wet, and it still is really. Out of three days, only one was sunny (one was lashing rain and wind!). Still, like elsewhere in the Mediterranean, the orchid season is quite good.

First of all, here above the small town of Aegiali...

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We found this beside the road. I think it's a a plain old Ophrys mammosa:

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We headed up an old mulepath to a nearby village, which was very pretty:

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All over Amorgos, these large lilac-coloured anemones were everywhere:

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A bit further inland, behind the bay of Aegiali, we saw our first Ophrys lutea:

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We saw plenty of these later, and I'm not very good in the ID of them.... but this seems about as "classic" lutea as I could imagine anyway. The scenery opened out a bit:

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And then we noticed this Ophrys heldreichii down in the shade beside one of the walls. I think that's the right ID anyway. The tepals are much too big though, and the horns are enormous. It looks like a mutant of some sort, or maybe a hybrid although I don't know what with.

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Behind it, in the sun, was a more normal O. heldreichii:

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And there were poppies and other flowers everywhere:

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The next day was greyer, and we headed out to the monastery of Hozoviotissa to walk the spine of the island back to Aegiali:

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No orchids here, as the walk winds its way the cliffs, all scrub and goats and gravel. There were some particularly nice poppies here though. Does anyone know what this is? I'd love to grow it.

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Eventually the path made its way up and over the main ridge of the island, it was windy and exposed here, and mostly comprised of low spiky shrubs which provided shelter to some other plants. We found our first Orchis up here though. I'm not sure what it is!

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Just this lone plant so far, but a few feet away were likewise lone plants of a couple of Ophrys, here O. lutea and O. ferrum-equinuum:

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Anemones everywhere again, and also millions of lovely dwarf irises coming up everywhere you looked and trod!

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Then, on about the most exposed and windswept bit of rock, loads and loads of that Orchis from earlier. A few white clones were amongst them. Hundreds in this little patch:

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This other little plant was getting more common up here too. It came in yellow, browny-orange, and this rather stunning red, like little flares on the path. Does anyone know what this is? the flowers were around 1cm diameter:

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Further along in this landscape, I was lucky enough to spot this at the base of a shrub. It seems to be a part of the Ophrys tenthredenifera complex, but the upper petal was persistently bent-over. Strange. any ideas? O. villosa?

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We rounded a corner to see Aegiali and then started descending.

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There were more Ophrys lutea and Ophrys ferrum-equinuum here.

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The path got lower alongside several flower-bedecked meadows under the olive trees. All very pretty.

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On a hunch, we climbed up into one of these meadows to have a closer look. Can you see what we saw........?

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An extreme abundance, it was hard to know where to put your feet!

Sadly the third day was a complete washout, spent playing scrabble and wrapped in a duvet! Anyway, onto Santorini and then Samos next, and I'll post more orchids there if and when I find them.

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Lovely pics of the islands and the flowers, it's so nice to see them growing in the wild

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Hi Rob nice photos :D , your 'Brilliant Red Thing' is Adonis annua.



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Brilliant pics Rob.
Love your mutant heldreichii.


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I think the Orchis is probably Orchis anatolica by the way :)

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It's taken a long time, but the pink poppy shown above, for which I was asking an ID, is probably Papaver dubium ssp. lecoqii (possibly additionally var. albiflorum)

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