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The scented bug orchid

The scented bug orchid known as l-orkida tfuħ (Orchis fragrans) is frequently found in garigue, rocky steppes and abandoned fields. It is perennial and bulbous.

Its leaves are elongate, lanceolate, slightly keeled and usually erect. Its flowers are small and numerous held in a compact, usually elongated, inflorescence; the individual flowers highly variable in colour, but usually with violet, reddish or greenish colouration and appear between February and May. They are sweetly scented, giving off a pleasant vanilla-like smell.

It is legally protected, therefore one should not pick, collect, cut, uproot, destroy or damage this unique plant in any way.

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