Orchid of the Week: Neotina maculata

I know St. Patty’s Day is over, but today I’m featuring the “Irish Orchid”—Neotina maculata (side note: I recently discovered after doing some genealogy research on Ancestry.com that I have a bit of Irish blood!). This plant is also known as the “Dense-flowered orchid,” and as one of its nicknames suggests, it can be found in Ireland. The orchid reminds me a bit of a sprig of hyacinth:

Photo credit: Karl Hauser, Flickr

The tightly packed, cute little blooms can be either whitish or pinkish:

Photo credit: michaelgslattery, Flickr
Photo credit: telefonica.net
Photo credit: Karl Hauser, Flickr

I didn’t find much information out there on this orchid species, so I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. I hope everyone had a happy and safe St. Patty’s Day. It’s a gorgeous day here in NYC, so if you’re in the area, make sure you get outside!

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