Neottia nidus-avis

Quick Characteristics:

Height: 20-45 cm (0.7-1.5 ft)
Flower Colors: brown
Flower Season: late spring to early summer

Neottia nidus-avis (L.) Rich. is a widespread species across Europe and Russia. Both the Latin and the English name birds nest orchid refer to the tangled root system similar to a birds nest. Being completely without chlorophyll, the plant lives as a parasite on surrounding trees using fungi as connection. This allows them to grow in very dark forest areas. The sweetly scented flowers appear densely packed on 20-50 cm high spikes in May. They are pollinated by flies.

Neottia Nidus-Avis in flower, Martin BohnetNeottia Nidus-Avis seed capsules, Martin Bohnet

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