Of all the wild flowers it is the orchids that are the most varied and charming. They can be spotted from the end of winter and throughout the summer although spring is the best time. The orchid family (orchidaceae) has 16 genera here in Portugal. All these photos are of orchids taken near our home, we feel very lucky to have so many species (nineteen at the last count) within walking distance.
1 Aceras anthropophorum
Man orchid – or rather a space man with a very large striped helmet!
2 Anacamptis pyramidalis
Pyramidal orchid – not only its shape but also the distinctive 3-lobed lip helps in identification.
3 Barlia robertiana
Giant orchid – big, bold and brassy. This is the first of the orchids we see and at a possible 60cm in height shy it is not.