The Common Pyramidal Orchid

The Common Pyramidal Orchid ((Orkida Piramidali in Maltese) is a hardy perennial plant, that may reach a height of 30 - 50 cm.  It has a wide distribution, from Europe to Central Russia, North Africa and Western Asia.  It is usually found in the following habitats: garigue, maquis, steppic terrain and sometimes abandoned fields.

The colour of the flower varies from pink to purple.  The arrangement of hermaphroditic  flowers in a compact pyramidal shape is very distinctive and gives the orchid its common name. The flowers bloom during April and May.  The flowers are pollinated by butterflies and moths.

More information can be read in the following document prepared by Elaine Calleja, Sarah Farrugia and Chiara Zammit.

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