Jayne and I set off down to Malaga to pick my Mother and her partner John up from the airport, they were not arriving till late evening so I took the chance to visit some Orchid sites and Jayne visited a couple of the shopping centres.
The first stop was at the very unimpressive centre at Coin (not just my feelings); from there we visited a site for a species of orchid that was new to me. Ian Phillips an Orchid buff from
We then moved on to another of Ian’s sites which he had shown me last year where I was hoping for a late Atlas Orchid (Ophrys atlantica) but I only managed a couple of plants which were well past there best. I did see more Tongue and Small-flowered Tongue Orchids and added Yellow Bee (Ophrys lutea) and Mirror Orchids (Ophrys speculum) to the day list.
The last of the wildlife stops was at Refugio de Jaunar just south east of Monda, once off the main Marbella road Orchids started to appear, two nice spikes of Champagne (Orchis champangeuxii) and a dozen or so of Dense-flowered (Neotinea maculata) were the first. Just before the tarmac road enters the hotel we parked on the track to the view point over
We then started our trip down to the centre at Marbella but picked up a group of four Man Orchids (Aceras anthropophorum) just at the exit back on to the road south. From the shopping centre we went to Malaga airport to meet Mother and John.
Photographes from the top: Full plant and close up of Serapias Vomeracea, Tongue Orchid (Serapias lingua) and Barton's Orchid (Dactylorhiza insularis).