Orchis provincialis   Provence Orchis

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This orchid is very similar to Orchis pauciflora but the leaves are unspotted in O. pauciflora. There were quite a few of these orchids growing in deep shade with Cyclamen repandum (Spring Sowbread).

Taxonomy: Al authorities seem to agree that the correct, accepted name for this orchid is Orchis provincialis Balb. ex Lam.

Woodland on hills near Peschici, Gargano, Italy, 24th April 2009

Added on 25th January 2010, updated 21st January 2011

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