7 April 2012

Orchis quadripunctata

These delicate mauve coloured wild orchids which we thought may be Orchis quadripunctata were growing amongst Oxalis pes-caprae with the yellow flowers and Carpobrotus on the vast undulating grounds surrounding Carthage Museum on Byrsa Hill.  The distinct four spots of this orchid were visible with a hand lens.  The orchids were on a steep hill that was closed off to the general public which probably safe guarded their survival as it meant that they did not run the risk of being trampled on by the visitors to this ancient site.  

You may like to refresh your memory about the splendours of Carthage Museum from an earlier blog post I had written in March last year.
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