An orchid trip

To celebrate our finishing our field experiment, we had a lovely outdoor Iranian lunch prepared by my colleague Nafiseh (who’s Iranian, hence the Iranian lunch). After this celebratory lunch we went out on an orchid-spotting trip with my boss’s partner Bea, who turned out to be an excellent orchid tour guide.

Now I know very little about orchids. Many of them are quite rare, and especially in most parts of the Netherlands you don’t see too many, except in the backyard of my previous institute. Admittedly, I haven’t looked for them much elsewhere either. Below are some of the orchids that we found. I have tried adding a name, but naming orchids is not my specialty. I somehow forgot to take pictures of Himanthoglossum hircinum, which we saw several of. I may have to return to this spot in the future!

Orchis purpurea
Orchis militaris (?)
A light version of Orchis militaris (?)
Neottia ovata
Neottia nidus-avis
Corallorhiza trifida nearing its end

Published by Robin Heinen

Father of two | Husband | Entomologist and Ecologist | Postdoctoral Researcher @ TUM | Traveler | Coffee Addict

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