Nature Notes - The Mallorca Pages

Orchidaceae other than Ophrys
 

Orchis longicornu
c 6 cm from lowest pt of lowest fl to tip of infl
  Orchis longicornu

Orchis longicornu, the Long-spurred Orchid.  Found beside a road through pine woods.  Only seen once or twice.
 

Orchis tridentata
Inflorescence 7 cm high
  Orchis tridentata

Orchis tridentata, the Toothed Orchid.  Seen twice I think, once on a road verge and once in a shaded grassy area.
 


Orchis mascula ssp olbiensis
Inflorescence c 7.3 cm high
 

Orchis mascula ssp olbiensis
Orchis mascula ssp olbiensis

 


Orchis mascula ssp olbiensis
Inflorescence c 5.8 cm high

Orchis mascula ssp olbiensis, the Early Purple Orchid.  (The EPO's in Britain are ssp mascula)  Occasional on road verges with some shade.  Flower parts vary between purple and white; the right-hand specimen is almost white-flowered, and was one of a population that intergraded between purple and white flowers, and, independently, between heavily spotted and unspotted leaves.  The spotted leaves can be seen at the base of the plant.
 

 Barlia robertiana
Plant c 69 cm high
  Barlia robertiana
Central face-on flower c 2.7 cm high
  Barlia robertiana
Face-on flower c 2.7 cm high

Barlia robertiana, the Giant Orchid.  Most specimens were not particularly giant, but some were.  The tallest I found was 69 cm, depicted on the left.  I can say with some pride that that does not match the tallest Skye orchid, having once measured a Common Spotted Orchid here at 80 cm.  The central picture shows a much shorter flower-spike than the first.  Most specimens were somewhere between these two in size.  The species was quite frequent in grassy places.

Note on orchids in general: the nine on this page and the Ophrys page were all the ones I saw in flower in Mallorca, but that is a remarkable total for such a short time and such a restricted area.  There were all sorts of exciting things coming up in the forest that would have rewarded a slightly longer stay.  I don't think any of the 9 taxa (treating EPO subspecies as distinct!) occur in Britain.

Apr-May 2005 Orchids