Saturday, January 14, 2012

Giant orchid (Himantoglossum robertianum)



Himantoglossum robertianum or commonly known as giant orchid is part of the Orchidaceae family. I have to say that it has a big debate among my friends as some of them find it ugly while others think it's wonderful. I think that it is beautiful in its ugliness and it also smells lovely. It is one of the most robust orchid species and it is fairly common in the Mediterranean region. The colour of the flowers can range from white-green combinations to pink and purple. One of the main features is its lip that is divided in three lobes and the middle lobe is subdivided again. It blooms early in the year from February to April. I found this one in the begging of March in Lekatsa Forest near Preveza.

6 comments:

jankasgarten said...

Piekna orchidea. Dziekuje za komentarz i pozdrawiam :-)

marijke said...

What a huge but beautiful one.
Have a great weekend

CameraCruise said...

Wow, it's huge and beautiful!
Love the colors!
Have a great weekend.

Greece's Flora said...

thank you for your kind words!!nice weekend to you too!!!

DANI said...

Τεράστια είναι !!! Αλλά μου αρέσει, τα χρώματα είναι τέλεια. Καλό ΣΚ !

Joop Zand said...

Beautiful flowers.....good shots.

Greetings, Joop