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Beautiful orchids are blooming in the Eastern Rhodopes

The Orchid Roman Dactylorhiza (Dactylorhiza romana) is blossoming in the Eastern Rhodopes. This beautiful orchid grows in the Mediterranean, Asia Minor (Anatalia) and in the Balkans, including in many places in Bulgaria.

In the Eastern Rhodopes, Dactylorhiza romana grows only in forests on the slopes of the mountain ridge Sarta between the village of Chernichino (Ivaylobgrad municipality) and the town of Madzharovo (Haskovo region). It flowers in late April and early May. The blossoms are dyed in different colors - yellow, white, pink, light or dark purple.

The region of Madzharovo and Ivaylovgrad and is a paradise for orchid lovers. They can see here over 26 species of these beautiful flowers, among them the Butterfly Orchid (Orchis papilionaceaе) listed in the Red Book of Bulgaria, the Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis) and the Bee Orchid (Ophris cornuta). In Bulgaria, the Sword-leaved Helleborine Orchid (Cephalanthera epipactoides) is only to be found in this area of the Eastern Rhodopes

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