Saturday Quiz – International Orchid Appreciation Day!

Title Photo byVelella, CC BY-SA 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

Title Photo – Dune Helleborine (Epipactis dunensis)

Dear Readers, on 16th April it was International Orchid Appreciation Day. Who knew? There are 26,000 species worldwide, but for this quiz I am going to concentrate on the European ones. Many of them are named after their physical features, although with some of them I fear that you’d have to squint to see the resemblance. However, I have every confidence that you will be able to match the photo to the species without TOO much trouble.

As usual, answers in the comments by 5 p.m. (UK time) on Thursday 22nd April, and as usual the answers will pop up on Friday. I will ‘disappear’ your answers as soon as I see them, but do write them down first if you are easily influenced (like me). Have fun! I was amazed at how many of these beautiful plants we have in the UK, nearly all of them scarce or rare. How I would love it if some of them popped up in my garden, but as it is I think I’ll have to make do with the green alkanet.

Just match the name to the photo. So, if you think the orchid in Photo 1 is a Military Orchid, your answer is 1)A.


Orchid Species

A – Military Orchid (Orchis militaris)

B – Lizard Orchid (Himantoglossum hircinum)

C – Burnt Orchid (Neotinea ustulata)

D – Dark Red Helleborine (Epipactis atrorubens)

E – Lady Orchid (Orchis purpurea)

F – Heath Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza maculata(

G – Autumn Lady’s-Tresses (Spiranthes spiralis)

H – Frog Orchid (Coeloglossum viride)

I – Greater Butterfly Orchid (Platanthera chlorantha)

J – Early Spider Orchid (Ophrys sphegodes)

K – Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera)

L – Man Orchid (Orchis anthropophora)

M – Early Purple Orchid (Orchis mascula)

O – Fly Orchid (Ophrys insectifera)

N – Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis)

Photo One byVelella, CC BY-SA 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Two Björn S..., CC BY-SA 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Three by John Game, CC BY 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Four by Björn S..., CC BY-SA 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Five byLairich Rig / Heath Spotted-orchid (Dactylorhiza maculata)


Photo Six by AJC1, CC BY-SA 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Seven © Hans Hillewaert


Photo Eight by Orchi, CC BY-SA 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Nine by Holger Krisp, CC BY 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Ten by Muséum de Toulouse, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Eleven by Ivar Leidus, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Twelve by Patrice Bon, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Thirteen by By The original uploader was (Automated conversion) at English Wikipedia. - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., CC BY-SA 3.0,


Photo Fourteen by Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE, CC BY-SA 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Fifteen by CC BY-SA 3.0,


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