Plitvice Lakes (Plitvicka-jezera National Park), Croatia (June, 2016).
Orchid in which the flower stem can reach 20 to 50 cm. The inflorescence forms a purplish dense cone consisting of from 10 to 40 flowers. In each flower the sepals and side petals are gathered together to form a pointed "helmet" (whence it gets its name), a lilac colour outside and a veined purple colour inside. The central tongue finishes in two lobes separated by a tooth.
''Orchis militaris'', the military orchid, is a species of orchid native to Europe. It is the type species of the genus Orchis.