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Below, left to right: Grey-leaved Cistus; Early-purple Orchid - Orchis mascula

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Lying at a geographical and climate crossroads, the Languedoc yields a vast range of plant species in a relatively small area.  It is a botanist's paradise, the countryside supporting a wealth of orchids, shrubs and herbaceous plants from the Mediterranean to the Alpine.

 

In particular, the Montagne Noire marks this climate boundary and is home to a plethora of orchids and wildflowers, thanks in part to its unspoilt condition - a mountain wilderness far from the harmful influence of pesticides or herbicides.

 

The Pyrenees support alpine species such as gentians and Dianthus spp, whilst cowslips can be found in the foothills.                            

Lower-lying regions have a dense covering of garrigue - the local term used to describe Mediterranean scrubland - made up of tough, evergreen shrubs such as juniper and holly oak, interspersed with gloriously fragrant flowering shrubs such as cistus, lavender and thyme.

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Below, left to right: Field Scabious - Knautia arvensis; Bearded Iris - Iris lutescans (Iris chamaeris)  Gentian - Gentian spp; Tassel Hyacinth - Muscari comosum

 

 

Below, left to right: Autumn Crocus - Colchicum spp; French Lavander - Lavandula stoechas; Hepatica nobilis

 

 

 

 

 

Below, left to right: Purple Loosestrife - Lythrum salicaria; Lady Orchid - Orchis purpurea;  Broad-leaved Everlasting Pea - Lathyrus latifolius

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below, left to right: Lizard Orchid - Himantoglossum hircinum;  Greater Butterfly Orchid - Platantherea chlorantha; Yarrow - Achillea millefolium; Astrantia major

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Below, left to right: Star of Bethlehem - Ornithogalum umbellatum; Fig - Ficus carica; Olive - Olea europaea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below, left to right: Bearded Iris - Iris lutescans (Iris chamaeris); Cowslip - Primula veris; Yellow Bee Orchid - Ophrys lutea; Yellow Horned Poppy - Glaucium flavum

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Below, left to right: Carlina racemosa; Wild Carrot - Daucus carota; Cowslip - Primula veris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Below, left to right: Snapdragon - Antirrhinum majus; Red Valerian - Centranthus ruber; Heart-flowered Serapias - Serapias cordigera; Honeysuckle - Lonicera implexa

 

 

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Below, left to right: Carnation - Dianthus spp; Snapdragon -  Antirrhinum majus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Below, left to right:  Grape Vine - Vitis vinifera; Narrow leaved Helleborine - Cephalanthera longifolia; Provence Orchid - Orchis provincialis; Bearded Iris - Iris lutescans (Iris chamaeris)

 

Below, left to right: Man Orchid - Aceras anthropophorum; Bee Orchid - Ophrys apifera; Lizard Orchid - Himantoglossum hircinum; Early Spider Orchid - Ophrys sphegodes;

 

 

 

Below, left to right: Sainfoin - Onobrychis viciifolia; Ophrys spp; Pyramidal Orchid - Anacamptis pyramidalis; Convolvulus lanuginosus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Below, left to right: Harebell - Campanula rotundifolia; Beautiful Flax - Linum narbonense; Euphorbia serrata; Euphorbia characias

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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