Monkey x Lady Orchid hybrid - Orchis x angusticruris

Scientific Name: Orchis x angusticruris

English Name: Monkey x Lady Orchid hybrid

French Name: Hybride Orchis singe x pourpre

5 Key Characters:
  • a very variable mixture of the parent species.
  • usually has a dark 'cap'.
  • 'body' shape midway between the parent species.
  • occurs where both parents occur in close proximity and flower simultaneously.
  • at first glance usually looks like a Lady Orchid.
Lookalikes: Lady Orchid O. purpurea, Monkey Orchid O. simia, Military Orchid O. militaris.

Habitat: Calcareous grassland, woodland clearings and roadside banks where both parents are present, in full sun or partial shade.

Flowering Period: April-May-June.

Status: Quite common in the Touraine and can be seen within 5 km of Preuilly-sur-Claise. By far the most common of the Orchis spp hybrids.

Photographed by Loire Valley Nature:

Photographs numbered from left to right, top to bottom. 1 detail of flower. 2 in woodland clearing near Preuilly-sur-Claise, April (for detail of single flower see 1). 3 roadside bank between Preuilly-sur-Claise and Chaumussay, April. 4 - 6 roadside near Chaumussay, April.

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