|Common Twayblade (Listera ovata).|
The Marsh Orchid was quite a sight with about 60 spikes growing on the banks of a clear mountain stream with several of the plants reaching a height of near 3 feet and were possibly of the subspecies sesquipedalis. The prize here though were two spikes of the Common Twayblade a new orchid species in Spain for me. They may not be the smartest or brightest orchid I have ever seen but the two spikes were very nice.
|Robust Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza eleta).|
Usually growing to between 20 and 60 cm, these plants were on the small side at about 30 cms. The spike usually only has two subopposie large oval leaves but a small third leaf can rarely be present.
Also seen here was Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) and Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) and a very large species of pond skater.