You will admire wild orchids all the way. Don’t cut them! It is also useless to try to transplant them: the orchids don’t survive out of their habitat, where they live in symbiosis with other organisms.
More than a dozen of species can be observed from the Aubrac region to the most southern part of the way: elder-flowered orchid, bee orchid, lizard orchid, pyramidal orchid, monkey orchid… or even the beautiful and rare lady’s-slipper orchid…
Look for them from April to June on the slopes, in the meadows, and in the limestone soils!
Amongst the orchids, the Ophrys look like insects: thus the plant attracts the animal that will pollinate it. The flower is a sexual decoy, looking identical to the shape of a female insect, or emiting odors that attract the insects… which will be deceived because the plant doesn’t provide nectar!
The lizard orchid (Himantoglossum hircinum) is a tall orchid which has an unpleasant smell. Photo credit: Hélène Normand