Wildlife photography by John Devries, Kent UK. Inspirational images
The name orchid comes from orchis - translated
meaning "testicle". Some species of orchid have long,
thin roots or rhizomes, but the orchis group have a pair of
tubers which resemble a pair of testicles. Even to this day
the expression is used in Medicine - orchitis is a painful swelling
of the testicles.
Due to recent work done by Professor Richard Bateman, the UK
orchid flora has been reclassified in the light of phylogenetic,
population genetic & morphometric studies.
This modern analysis must be considered the current definitive
current classification, and the galleries here reflect these
changes. This means that the classification used here will be
different to pretty well all current published books on British
orchids. There are several big surprises that have come to light,
such as the frog orchid belongs to the marsh orchid (dactylorhiza)
group, and the green-winged orchid is no longer an orchis, but
is an Anacamptis ( pyramidal orchid relative).
For the full classification list, please visit the Hardy Orchid
Society website: Hardy
Copyright Ophrys Photography 2012