A second orchid species appears in the orchard.Yesterday proved that it really is worth keeping up with the task of monitoring the orchids in the orchard though, as I came across a different species. Like the first Lizard Orchids I found, this one is in the midst of the cherry trees. Like the Lizard Orchids, it's just a few rosettes of leaves at this stage. My best guess is that it is Green-winged Orchid / Anacamptis morio / Orchis bouffon, but until it develops a bit more I can't be sure. It will be nice if it is a Green Wing, as we currently only have photos of a distinctly past it specimen, and having one I can photograph in its prime will be excellent.
A faded Green-winged Orchid, taken in la Brenne.The distinctive feature of this native terrestrial orchid are the veins on the lateral sepals, usually strongly marked in green, but sometimes, as in this example, in dark purple. They flower from April to May-June, with the leaves appearing from the end of September. Pollinated by bumblebees, they like full sun and grow in waterlogged or dry conditions, peat or loam, weakly acid to alkaline soil. You can find them in unimproved pasture, unfertilized lawns, grazing meadows, hay meadows, calcareous slopes and woodland clearings. In the '3 départements' (36, 37 & 86) that centre on Preuilly they are common.