always beautiful: Gymnadenia conopsea f. albiflora

A region in the Steiermark, in the Austrian Alps, is the aim of a second hike in the mountains in Corona year 2020. On the Tauplitz-Alm I am mainly interested in the diversity of Nigritella species. Among the most common orchids of this mountain region is the fragrant orchid (Gymnadenia conopsea). Hundreds of them are flowering on meadows and forest clearings. Hiking to the Lawinenstein (1965 m) on July 7th I was surprised by a white-flowered Gymnadenia conopsea, with a long inflorescence. Gymnadenia conopsea is an orchid species which is developing white-flowered mutations quite regularly. But in most cases there are only singular plants of this form.

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