End of january, on a fresh evening. We had just left Estremoz, on our way to Borba, and there, along the road, an orchid species that was not familiar to me. I was also very surprised to see it in flower so early in the season. So, I decided to send the picture to my friend Daniel Tyteca, THE expert of wild Portuguese orchids. And here it is, a rare species for the Alentejo: Barlia robertiana or Himantoglossum robertianum. Here is a link to a few more observations by Ivo Rodrigues.