Orchids - Serapias

Serapias is a genus of terrestrial orchids centred on the Mediterranean area. Because of the shape of the lip (labellum) they are often referred to as tongue orchids. They are pollinated by small wasps that can often be found within the flower at night...some say it is a 'shelter' others that there is a slight narcotizing effect caused by the orchid scent.
Wild orchids have long been a special area of both my photography and academic work. In 1983 I published my first book - Wild Orchids of Britain & Europe with Anthony Huxley. It became a standard work for the next decade since then, I have photographed many more orchids both European terrestrials and tropical species from around the world, written numerous articles and led countless tours for those keen on finding and photographing. The galleries show only a small selection of the material on file
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