Friday, February 15, 2013

Botany picture #35: Listera cordata

Look, another orchid! Listera cordata (Orchidaceae), 2004. This fairly tiny and easily overlooked species, here growing in Sphagnum cushions in a wet mountain forest in the European Alps, is distributed around the northern hemisphere. According to a book I consulted, the brownish little flowers are pollinated by fungus gnats and small beetles but seed set is low.

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