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Another sign of spring has come here - the Pink Butterfly Orchid (Anacamptis papillionacea) has opened its flowers! :aww:

This plant is a European terrestrial species and grows throughout the Mediterranean area, in several varieties. Since it is noticeably pretty, it has a number of common names, such as Orchis papillon (French), Orquídea mariposa (Spanish), Orchidea farfalla (Italian), Marculella (Corsican), Schmetterlingsknabenkraut (German), Vlinderorchis (Dutch), ... ;)

The photo has undergone a couple of postprocessing steps, of course. Full view, please! :)
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:icontheemilian:
theEmilian Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
wow!
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LemnosExplorer Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional Artist
:clap::clap::clap::clap::clap:
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Siluriformes Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Student General Artist
Wow it's quite stunning!
I like the delicate framing too :)
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vasodelirium Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
hi!your work is featured in my journal:)
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009
Thank you very much, Vaso! :hug:
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:wow: Gorgeous Kevin. :clap:
It looks like a watercolor painting.
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GravityLens Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
That's a very pretty flower and a beautiful photo of it, Kevin. :clap:
Worth two favs. :)
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
Wow, thank you very much for this compliment, Eddie! :bow:
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erene Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Wonderful capture!
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:iconalthytrion:
Althytrion Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
Thank you very much, Erene! :hug:
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:iconerene:
erene Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
My pleasure dear Kevin :hug:
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Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
wow that's a little bright... great colour tho' :nod:
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
Thank you very much, Helen! :D
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Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :D
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SpringlighT Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Sehr schön :)
Hast Du die alle daheim !? ;)
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:iconalthytrion:
Althytrion Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Danke schön! :hug: Ja, die wächst bei mir im frostfreien Gewächshaus! :nod:
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SpringlighT Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
WoW!!
Da weiß ich ja,wen ich fragen kann,falls mein grüner Daumen versagt ;)
Habe mir eine "Vogelblume" bestellt - und hoffe inständig,daß es was wird :fingerscrossed:
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
Oh du meinst die Pecteilis radiata bzw. Habenaria radiata? Die hatte ich auch schon mal. Sie ist sehr schön, aber nicht ganz einfach in der Pflege. Sie wächst in Japan in Mooren, will es aber im Winter wiederum nicht zu feucht haben. Achte vor allem darauf, dass die gelieferten Knollen nicht zu trocken und die Knospen in Ordnung sind - nur dann treibt sie aus. ;)
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SpringlighT Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
Au weia ... ein kleines Angstgefühl breitet sich aus !!
Ich habe (ehrlich gesagt) gar keine Ahnung davon,und hab jetzt mutig & optimistisch die 2 Samenkörner eingepflanzt ... Sie sind nur so groß wie Apfelkerne & ich sorge mich jetzt schon um ihre Zukunft ...
Wenn's dir nichts ausmacht ernenne ich dich hiermit offiziell zu meinem Habenaria Radiata - Berater :D
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
Danke schön für die Ehre, Sophie! :hug:

Hm, es sind übrigens keine Samenkörner, sondern kleine Orchidenknollen, die ein wenig empfindlich gegen Austrocknen sind. Leider werden sie oft zu trocken bei den Händlern gelagert. :o

Waren sie denn hübsch straff, als du sie bekommen hast? Wenn ja, ist alles okay. Wenn nicht, solltest du mal vorsichtig mit einem Zahnstocher in der Erde nachschauen, ob sie schon einen Austrieb bilden. Ansonsten solltest du sie zurückschicken. Das musste ich leider auch ein paarmal! :|
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SpringlighT Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
Die *Knollen* kamen in einem Moos-"Nest" .. nicht ganz trocken,aber auch nicht unbedingt nass ....
ABER!!!!
Gerade als ich mit Zahnstocher bewaffnet nachsehen wollte,habe ich ein winziges,mitleiderregend kleines,aber dennoch sichtbares Mini-Triebchen entdeckt .... :boogie:
Ach ja..nichts zu danken wegen "Berater-Status" ,ich hab zu danken !! :hug:
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GeraldWinslow Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
Very nice, Kevin. This must be the opposite of the little plant I encountered near Giessen. Didn't they call it "Ruehr mich nicht an..."?
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Thank you very much, Gerald! :bow:

Well, it is not exactly a counterpiece to the plant you found near Gießen, since this is an orchid, such as the Vanilla plant, the Phalaenopsis or the lady slipper orchid, while the Rühr-mich-nicht-an (Impatiens noli-tangere, common English name are impatiens or "jewelweed", and "touch-me-not" as well) is widely related to heath and rhododendron. ;)

I find it very interesting that several groups of plants, which are in no way related to each other, have independently developed a so-called zygomorphic flower design, featuring a bilateral symmetry optimally adapted to bees as pollinators. :)
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GeraldWinslow Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Wow, I'm impressed, Kevin, with your botanical knowledge. Is this a hobby or is this your "Fachgebiet"?
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
Thank you very much, Gerald. Botany is only one of my scientific hobbies, my "Fachgebiet" is still physics. ;)
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cocainecupcake Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
Beautiful colours :)
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Thank you very much, Marybeth! :hug:
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GreenMusic Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
Absolut super!!!!! Diese Aufnahme sieht aus, wie ein Gemälde. Der zarte Hintergrund passt optimal zur Blüte, die wirklich klasse aussieht!! :)
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Wow :aww:, danke schön für dein Superkompliment! :blowkiss:
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GreenMusic Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
Sehr gerne! :hug:
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TE2YA Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
very pretty shot!!
i never seen this before.
from the shape of the lip, is this orchid very small?
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Thank you very much! :bow:

Well, the lip has a diameter of >20 mm (and belongs to the largest of the genus, therefore), while the whole plant has a height between 15 and 20 cm. :)
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TE2YA Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
wow, that is big.
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maska13 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
Very beautiful Orchid, like to Caspia... LOve composition and colors!
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Thank you very much, and yes, you're completely right, dear Tanya! :hug: Orchis caspia is a synonym for one of the varieties of Anacamptis papilionacea. :nod:
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maska13 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
:rose: How are you Kevin? Sorry for lateness... :heart:
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chibiharuka Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009   General Artist
that's really a beautiful orchid. I like the way the orchid stem just passes behind the gently curving leaf at the bottom :butterfly:
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
:aww: Thank you very much! :hug:
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Otoff Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Very beautiful!:D
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Thank you very much, Olarn! :D
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Otoff Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
You're very welcome,Kevin!:D
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DeutschKatrin Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Student Photographer
Very beautiful and vibrant!
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Thank you very much, Katie! :D
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sametimenxtyr Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
Beautiful, Kevin!!
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Thank you very much, Koni! :hug:
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sametimenxtyr Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
My pleasure, Kevin!! :hug:
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crazygardener Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
very pretty!!!!
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Thank you very much, Dave! :)
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crazygardener Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
your o welcome
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Yawn-Monster Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009   Photographer
Very beautiful and a wonderful shot! :clap:

No real sign of spring here. Everything seems to be going backwards! :(
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