A close-up of a Monkey Orchid(Orchis simia). The Monkey Orchid is most unusual for British orchids in that its flowers open from the top-down rather than the other way around.The flower has a small tail. It is made monkey like by the upturned ends to the side petals lobes of the lip.
A very rare species, the plants are currently found in a few locations in East Kent and Oxfordshire. It grows on well drained chalky soils with a sunny aspect on fields or the edges of woods and flowers towards the end of May and into early June.
|Camera:||Canon EOS 5D MkIII |
|Lens:||EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM |
|Recording media:||RAW (digital)|
|Date Taken:||16 Jun 2013 - 12:38 PM|
|Lens Max Aperture:||f/2.8|
|Exposure Mode:||Aperture-priority AE|
|Flash:||Off, Did not fire|
|Title:||Monkey Orchid (Orchis simia)|
|Uploaded:||2 Jan 2014 - 11:49 AM|
|Tags:||British, Close-up, Close-up / macro, Kent, Macro, Monkey, Monkey Orchis, Orchid, Orchis simia, Plants/flowers, Rare, Wild|