Particular biotopes four steps from home

Despite temperatures not too favorable of the past week and the incessant rains, the orchids weren’t been frightened and Saturday, after a patrol tour, unexpectedly, but with my big joy, some orchids have already begun to revive the meadows with their colors.
foto Massimo Morandin

First of all, revealing the queen of spring in my area, Orchis mascula (Early-purple Orchid) (L.) L., Fl. Suec., ed. 2: 310 (1755) that presumably will be followed by Listera ovata (Common Twayblade), Neottia nidus-avis (Bird’s nest Orchid) and Cephalanthera longifolia (Narrow-leaved Helleborine).
The area of discovery presents a particular habitat consists of a small and narrow valley crossed by a small river always fed, where the sun, in spring/summer and for few hours, lights in the morning the north side facing south and in the evening the south side facing north.
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