Orchis spectabilis 

Showy orchis

Names and Myths

Orchis The ancient Greek name for testicle. The tubers of Mediterranean orchids resemble paired testicles.54

spectabilis showy

Natural history / Folklore

Plants may remain dormant in the soil for years and then appear in a group. Roots are thick and clustered33.


Paired basal leaves, and a leafless flowering stem. The sepals and petals are both pink, lilac or purplish. The Lip is white33.

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