Observation 143324: Limodorum abortivum

When: 2012-05-24

Collection location: Istra peninsula region, Primorska, Slovenia [Click for map]

45.5019° 13.8639° 360m

Who: amadej trnkoczy (amadej)

No specimen available

Code: Bot_621/2012/DSC_3677

Habitat: Light mixed wood, among bushes, almost flat terrain, half-shade, dry place, probably limestone bedrock, exposed to direct rain, average precipitations 1.200-1.300 mm/year, average temperature 12-14 deg C, elevation 360 m (1.100 feet), submediterranean phytogeographical region.

Substratum: soil.

Place: East of village Popetre, next to the road toward village Sveti Anton and town Koper, Primorska, Slovenia EC

Comment: This is another mycoheterotrophic orchid which is associated primarily with genus Russula. But the plant is not completely without chlorophyll. Despite the presence of photosynthetic pigments, CO2 fixation seems to be insufficient to compensate for respiration in adult plants (Ref.:(2)). Therefore fungal symbionts are needed to survive. Interestingly, seedlings develop very slowly, spending up to ten years underground before flowering. Growing in a group of a few plants. This plant is not common in Slovenia, however, also not a very rare one. It has very short time of flowering, which makes it difficult to find flowers ‘in a good shape’ for photography. Protected according to ‘Uredba o zavarovanih prosto živečih rastlinskih vrstah’ Ur.l. RS, št. 46/2004. Enlisted in the Slovene Red List of rare and endangered species, marked by “V” representing a vulnerable species.

Nikon D700 / Nikkor Micro 105mm/f2.8

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Shown with Platanthera bifolia ssp. bifolia.

Proposed Names

85% (1)
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Recognized by sight
Used references: (1) Personal communication with Mr. Branko Dolinar, http://www.orhideje.si/
(2) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16448415

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