Anacamptis pyramidalis

Pyramidal orchid                                                                                        Πυραμιδούλα

Orchidaceae - orchid family                                                                                Monocot.


The delightful Anacamptis pyramidalis is probably the commonest orchid in Skopelos. It appears in spring as pink pyramids dotted around in the grassy places of fields, olive groves and orchards. The colour varies from palest to bright rosy pink. The pink flowers are in tightly packed spikes, pyramidal at first straightening into oblongs as they mature. The flowers open sequentially from below. The bracts are hidden among the flowers.

The petals and sepals are pink, paler at the throat. The flowers have a long thin nectar forming spur which curves slightly upwards. The lip has 3 equal lobes and there are 2 guide plates to direct the insects to the nectary.

The bright green shiny leaves appear at the base before the flower spikes. They are  linear and have a central groove.

2.5-3cm*,  20-40cm                                                                                                                  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

* including spur

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