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Observations of some Wild Orchids in Denmark

Dactylorhiza maculata ssp. fuchsii

 

Gentofte,
Denmark

June 1996

Gentofte,
Denmark

7 June 1992

Gentofte,
Denmark

7 June 1992

(Hybrid?)

Of the two shoots shown to the right, only the one with the heavily spotted leaves developed an inflorescence. If, on the other hand, an inflorescense is lost, the spots typically fade away over a period of a week or two.

The spots are known to consist of anthocyanins (i.e. glucosides), which yield glucose on hydrolysis.
Therefore, could one major function of the spots be to act as a kind of energy-reserve to ensure the development of seeds?

Gentofte,
Denmark

21 April 2000

 

 

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