Anacamptis pyramidalis is practically present on the whole island. At the beginning of summer, it often makes large colonies in meadows.
red-violet spike, conical at blooming, is quite distinctive. Flowers
are numerous, close to each other showing a three-lobed lip and bearing
some small lamellum-shaped excrescences at base. These lamellae are
useful in guiding the proboscis of pollinating butterflies.
According to the wikipedia this orchid is especially common on the Isle of Wight and was designated the county plant in 2008. In Menorca is quite common too.
The dried and ground tuber gives a fine white powder, called salep.
This is a very nutritious sweet starchlike substance. It is used in
drinks, cereals and in making bread. It is also used medicinally in
diets for children and convalescents.