Spotted Orchid, Portnoo, Co. Donegal

George Row

Derry, United Kingdom

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  1. 6th April 2015 View Count reached 8,000
  1. 13 th August 2014 Achieved its Tenth feature in the group Featured for a Challenge
  1. 13 th June 2014 Sold as a Card
  1. 26th August 2012 Won the August Avatar Challenge
    This Spotted Orchid was growing in the grassland beneath Killclooney Dolmen near Portnoo in South West County Donegal, Ireland. It was on peaty acidic soil.

Botanical name: “Dactylorhiza maculata”
Wild orchids depend on a special relationship between their roots and certain fungus. (The particular fungus varies with the type of orchid.)
It is thought that the mycelium (thread-like growths through the soil) of the fungus provide nutrients to the tiny orchid seeds. Without the fungus in the soil, the orchid seed will not germinate. Some orchids require the presence of the mycelium throughout their lives some need it only at the time of seed germination.
The spotted orchid is one that requires the fungus through-out its life and would die slowly over the next year if a fungicide was to be applied to its surrounding soil. Similarly if you wanted to transplant this orchid you would need to “transplant” about a cubic meter of soil around around it in order to be sure of bringing its mycelium infrastructure.

 
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  1. 6th April 2015 View Count reached 8,000
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  1. 17 th January 2015 View Count has reached 6,005
  2. 25 th November 2014 View Count has reached 5,005
  3. 19 th August 2014 View Count reached 4,000
  4. 13 th August 2014 Achieved its Tenth feature in the group Featured for a Challenge
  5. 13 th June 2014 Sold as a Card
  6. 24 th May 2014 Achieved its Nineth feature in the group Enchanted Flowers
  7. 25 th January 2014 View Count reached 3,002
  8. 16 th July 2013 Achieved its Eighth feature in the group Gorgeous Flower Cards
  9. 9 th May 2013 View Count reached 2,000
  10. 26th August 2012 Won the August Avatar Challenge
  11. 28th April 2012 featured in: Fuchsias and Orchids
  12. 24th November 2011 view count reached 510 times.
  13. 15th Oct 2011 featured in: Alphabet Soup
  14. 14th Oct 2011 featured in: Endangered Species
  15. 19th Sept 2011 featured in: Breathtaking Wild Animals & Plants
  16. 8 July 2011 featured in: 4 Winners Only
  17. 23 Jan 2011 view count reached 100 times.
  18. 26th Nov 2010 featured in: Wild Flowers of The World
  19. 16th Nov 2010 featured in: Macro Magic on the
  20. 13th Nov 2010 uploaded to RedBubble

 


Techie Photography detail:

    Image Mode: Raw
    Lens: EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM zoom (at 70mm),
    Camera: Canon 5d
    Exposure: f11 1/125

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