Marzer Kogel 17.5.2017

It´s orchid time, so I join Herwig Gießwein on a walk on the Marzer Kogel.

View down to Marz, with the Rosalia mountains in behind. Too dusty today to get a view of Schneeberg.

First greeting from Military orchid (Orchis militaris)

Snowdrop anemones (Anemone sylvestris)

More Military orchids (Orchis militaris)

Military orchid (Orchis militaris)

Burnt Orchid (Neotinea ustulata)

Burnt Orchids (Neotinea ustulata)

Scented Solomon´s Seal(Wohlriechende Weißwurz, Polygonatum odoratum)

Late spider orchids (Ophrys fuciflora)

Once more Burnt Orchids (Neotinea ustulata)

Lots of Military orchid (Orchis militaris) in some places.

Late spider orchids (Ophrys fuciflora)

Late spider orchids (Ophrys fuciflora)

In between a view down to the village of Marz.

Late spider orchids (Ophrys fuciflora)

White dittany (Dictamnus albus)

Inside the forest we the find the first Lady´s orchid (Orchis purpurea)

On a separated grass area we find very special orchids: Military orchid (Orchis militaris), ...

  ... Lady´s orchid (Orchis purpurea) ...

 ... and a few huge hybrids of Military and Lady´s orchids - compare with Lucy.

Lady´s orchid and Hybrid, ...

 ... and a close up of the hybrid. The flowers have properties of both parental plants.

Another exemplar.

Lady´s orchid (Orchis purpurea)

Late spider orchids (Ophrys fuciflora) in this place too.

Once more Military orchid (Orchis militaris).

We left and walked hgalf way down on another descent. Here, we find ther first flowers of White dittany (Dictamnus albus)

Groups of Military orchid (Orchis militaris).

Lucy has to be around of course.

View down to Rohrbach, the neighbouring village of Marz.

Lots of Late spider orchids (Ophrys fuciflora) in this place.

Herwig also enjoys the day.

A special discovery: a few Albino´s of White dittany (Dictamnus albus)

Here for comparison.

Once more lots of Late spider orchids (Ophrys fuciflora)

Spot the many Late spider orchids (Ophrys fuciflora) in this picture.

Also lots of military orchids ...

Monkswort (Nonea erecta) (vielen Dank an Rico Kaufmann für die Bestimmung).

Meadow sage (Salvia pratensis)

At the end of our tour, we have to have a short visit to that hidden (and secret) place, where every year a group of Lady´s slipper orchids (Cypripedium calceolus) is flowrishing.