Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Thursday, 27 December 2018

Black Vanilla Orchid (Nigritella nigra)

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This denizen of high alpine meadows varies in colour from blackish purple to light pink. It’s a small, distinctive flower with a scent of vanilla with a hint of cocoa. It is said that cows that eat them produce milk with a chocolate flavour.

Whilst it’s abundant in the Alps, I don’t think you are likely to find it in the UK.

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