Marzer Kogel and Stotzing 21.5.2021

Today with Herwig Gießwein to special flower places in the Burgenland.

Shortly after entering the dry grass on the Marzer Kogel, the first military orchid (Orchis militaris) ...

 ... and soon thereafter burnt orchid (Neotinea ustula)

First flowers of the dittany (Dictamnus albus) in a protected, warm place. Most plants are still in buds in this rather cool spring.

Salomon´s seal (Polygonatum odoratum) 

Military orchid (Orchis militaris) 

In between, a short view to Schneeberg. 

Late spider orchids (Ophrys holoserica) in abundance in some places.

Late spider orchids (Ophrys holoserica)

From the summit, the Rax can be seen in addition, left of Schneeberg.

We walk a bit from the summiot to a hidden grass place near the forest, where we find some military orchids and hybrids of military orchid (Orchis militaris) and lady orchid (Orchis purpurea) - we found the latter inside the forest in former years, not today.

Hybrids of military orchid (Orchis militaris) and lady orchid (Orchis purpurea)

Hybrids of military orchid (Orchis militaris) and lady orchid (Orchis purpurea)

On the walk back, under a bush besides the path: purple gromwell (Aegonychon purpurocaeruleum)

Purple gromwell (Aegonychon purpurocaeruleum)

We did a drive to the Stotzinger Heide, and the first we find is an albino plant of the burnt orchid (Neotinea ustula).

Several variants of military orchid (Orchis militaris).

The new attraction, however, is the fly orchid (Ophrys insectifera) ...

 ... and lots of Late spider orchids (Ophrys holoserica) ... 

 ... and both close together.

Fly orchid (Ophrys insectifera) und Late spider orchids (Ophrys holoserica).

Late spider orchids (Ophrys holoserica) 

Late spider orchids (Ophrys holoserica)in huge abundance.

Late spider orchids (Ophrys holoserica) ...

  ... and fly orchids (Ophrys insectifera), once more for comparison ...

 ... to the hybrid of the former two, which occurs in areas of great density of both orchid species. The hybrid of late spider orchid and fly orchid is named De Venen orchid (after the Netherland´s region De Venen), in Latin Ophrys devenensis.

Ophrys devenensis in detail. 

Late spider orchids (Ophrys holoserica) ...

Military orchid (Orchis militaris).


Burnt orchid (Neotinea ustula)

Finally, a white albino variante of military orchid (Orchis militaris) ...


 ... and, maybe, the one and only exemplar of a lady orchid (Orchis purpurea) in this place, a bit withered already.