Friday, 22 May 2009

Orchids in Sierra de las Nieves, Malaga Province.

Orchis cazorlensis and Limodorum trabutianum.

Orchis cazorlensis
I drove over to Ronda with Jayne and her sister and we picked Brenda Jones up on the way past her house. Brenda and myself dropped Jayne and Barbara off in the centre of the town for some shopping and continued on to Sierra de las Nieves for a few hours looking for Orchids. Our first spot was at a site given to us by one of the local rangers in low road side scrub on some very rocky ground where we first found several spikes of Man Orchid (Aceras anthropophorum). 
Orchis x incantata (O cazorlensis x O langei).
These were quickly followed by several plants of Orchis cazorlensis which were starting to go over but the top flowers were still good. After a bit of a wonder about we eventually found the Hybrid Orchis x incantata (O cazorlensis x O langei) along with several Lange's (Orchis Langei), Somber Bee (Ophrys Fusca) and Brenda saw a couple of spikes of Woodcock Orchid (Ophrys scolopax) still in flower.
Limodorun trabutianum.
Further down the sierra several spikes of Limodorun trabutianum were in perfect condition in the undergrowth below the Oak trees. Also seen was a single spike of Sawfly Orchid (Ophrys tenthredinifera subsp tenthredinifera). We stopped on the way out of the park to have a look at the progress of several spikes of Lizard Orchid (Himantoglossum hircinum) but were dismayed to see that they had all been chewed off by goats or Wild Boar.
Limodorun trabutianum.
A couple of spikes of a pure white Orchis species were seen at higher levels and can only be assigned to Southern Early Purple Orchid (ChupaerosAndrorchis Olbiensis) but all the other spikes of this species at this site were well over with.
White-leaved Bugloss (Echium albicans) was in flower all over the area along with several species of Rock-rose (Helianthemum).

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