Early purple orchid flowers

Early purple orchid flowers

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Caption: Early purple orchid flowers (Orchis mascula). One of the petals (white and pink) of each flower is a specialised structure called a lip. This attracts pollinators and provides them with a landing platform. This orchid is found in Europe and in north-western Africa. It is a terrestrial orchid (one that grows in the ground). There are more than 30,000 species of orchids worldwide, many of which are grown as ornamental flowers.

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Keywords: biological, biology, botanical, botany, early purple orchid, european, flower, flowering, flowers, mediterranean, nature, north african, orchid, orchis mascula, plant, reproduction, reproductive, temperate, terrestrial

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