Butterfly orchid flower

Butterfly orchid flower

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Caption: Butterfly orchid flowers (Orchis papilionacea). Some systems classify this variant as subspecies heroica. Each flower has a large fan-shaped petal (pink lines on white). This is a specialised structure (the lip) that attracts pollinators and provides them with a landing platform. This orchid is found throughout the Mediterranean area. 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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