Hybrid orchid (O. sphegodes x O. fuciflora)

Posted by Swissblad on Sun Apr 23, 2023 12:57 am

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Members of the Ophrys orchid family are very prone to cross-pollination and hybridisation. ..... with the resulting hybrids exhibiting an interesting mix of both parents.

In this instance, we were delighted to find a hybrid between the early (O. sphegodes) and late spider orchids (O. fuciflora), characterised by a smaller floral body, than the typical broad late spider orchid and the trademark "H" emblem of the early spider orchid. With typical hybrid vigour, it was in full flower before either of its parents in the same habitat.

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Nikon Z9 with Irix 150mm macro.

Thanks for the visit - have a great Sunday.

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by Danny Young on Sun Apr 23, 2023 1:19 am
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Beautiful low view and love the details along with the clean background. Very nice greens.

by david fletcher on Sun Apr 23, 2023 3:16 am
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Beautiful image Sinuhe. Wonderful and interesting information. TFS
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by Axel Hildebrandt on Sun Apr 23, 2023 7:22 am
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Great angle and beautiful orchids, thanks for sharing!
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by Carol Clarke on Sun Apr 23, 2023 11:37 am
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What a little beauty! and thanks for the interesting background info Sinuhe.

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by Tom Whelan on Sun Apr 23, 2023 7:31 pm
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Lovely image - and it's interesting to read about orchid hybridization.

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by ChrisRoss on Sun Apr 23, 2023 8:02 pm
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Nice find, like the inclusion of some habitat in the image
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