Orchids of Turkey day 3

This extraordinary orchid is the Violet Birds Nest Orchid – Limodirum abortivum. As a saprophyte it relies on mycorrhizal fungus and has no leaves.


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  1. Agnes Jones says:

    Why is it called a birds nest orchid?

  2. A Jones says:

    Going back and looking on bigger screen than my phone the orchid does actually look like a baby bird, with its beak open.

    • Simon Pugh-Jones says:

      Birdsnest orchids are called that because they have a tangle of thickened roots linked to mycorrhiza rather than the usual tuber found on most terrestrial orchids. Our native Birdsnest orchid can be found near the school at the Amerdown Estate

  3. Agnes Jones says:

    Thank you. Is it possible to see them at Ammerdown?