Friday, 1 March 2013

Focus on Estonian orchids

Estonia has 36 species of orchids. Not many people know that.

Saaremaa resident Tarmo Pikner has a new book out on orchids and he describes how most of them are found in Estonia’s western islands, says a report.

Mr Piker, an entrepreneur and former local government official, explains how Estonia's maritime climate and calcareous soils favour certain species of orchids. His own interest in the plants goes back many years, and he discovered an endemic Estonian species on Saaremaa in 2003 – Dactylorhiza osiliensis.

The book has nearly 400 photos with descriptions in Estonian.

The flower-filled coastal meadows present a particularly wonderful summer spectacle and are attracting visitors keen on botany.

Meanwhile, there's an exhibition of orchids to start in Tallinn this month at Tallinn Botanical Garden.

The traditional orchid exhibition present delicate and elegant miniature plants as well as bolder and bigger species, all tough survivors, all equally beautiful. The exhibition takes place from March 2 to March 10, 2013.

Pictured: A similar Dactylorhiza, the maculata