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The Orchids of Cascina La Famo

The hazelnut plantation at Cascina La Famo, a part of which is shown in the picture above, is home to eight different species of orchid - Orchis purpurea (Lady Orchid), Ophrys fuciflora (Late Spider Orchid), Cephalanthera damasonium (White Helleborine), Ophrys apifera (Bee Orchid), Anacamptis morio (also known as Orchis morio - the Green-winged Orchid), as well as the much rarer Cephalanthera longifolia (Narrow-leaved Helleborine), Ophrys sphegodes (Early Spider Orchid) and Neotinea tridentata (Toothed Orchid).

All seven species of orchid thrive in the semi-shade between the hazelnut trees, and generally flower in May at our latitude.

Click on the thumbnails below for a full-size image. All of these pictures were taken at Cascina La Famo in late April or May, except for Ophrys sphegodes which were taken on 20th March.

Late Spider Orchid - Ophrys Fuciflora / Holoserica Late Spider Orchid 2
Ophrys Fuciflora
(Late Spider Orchid)

Late Spider Orchid (2)

Late Spider Orchid 3 Lady Orchid - orchis purpurea
Late Spider Orchid (3)

Orchis Purpurea (Lady Orchid)

Lady Orchid 2 Lady Orchid 3
Lady Orchid (2)

Lady Orchid (3)

White Helleborine White Helleborine 2
Cephalanthera Damasonium
(White Helleborine)

White Helleborine (2)

Ophrys Apifera Ophrys Apifera 2
Ophrys Apifera
(Bee Orchid)

Bee Orchid (2)

Narrow-leaved Helleborine Narrow-leaved Helleborine 2
Cephalanthera Longifolia
(Narrow-leaved Helleborine)

Narrow-leaved Helleborine (2)

Green-winged Orchid Green-winged Orchid 2
Anacamptis Morio
(Green-winged Orchid)

Green-winged Orchid (2)

Early Spider Orchid Early Spider Orchid 2
Ophrys Sphegodes
(Early Spider Orchid)

Early Spider Orchid (2)

Toothed Orchid 1 Toothed Orchid 2
Neotinea tridentata
(Toothed Orchid)

Toothed Orchid (2)

The grass between the hazelnut trees is not subjected to any chemical treatment, and is cut just once each year, in July, which allows the spent orchid flowers sufficient time to set seed.

Apartment 'Alba' Cascina La Famó in spring Roses at Cascina La Famó
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Cascina La Famo, Regione Saline, San Marzano Oliveto, Piedmont, Italy     Tel: +39 329 926 1513