Rödingsnäset and the Brudkulla orchid

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A mountain with orchids on the slopes.

RÖDINGSNÄSET
Take the path that follows Ruttjebacken for 2km, then turn left and head up the tree covered slope until you come to the Rödingsnäset hilltop. There is no path but the terrain is easy for hiking. Once up on the top, there are wonderful views of the surrounding mountains, in particular Olfjellet in Norway.
The word röding is this case refers not to the Swedish word for arctic char but to an older term (rödning) for an area that had been cleared due to grazing or forest clearance.

BRUDKULLA
Rödingsnäset is home to a new type of orchid. For many years, visiting Docent, Olof Rune, thought that the flower he had discovered in 1960 was the rare Brunkulla, nigritella nigra. He did have his doubts, though, as he knew the orchid only grew in a few areas in the county of Jämtland and his variety looked slightly different. In 1987, the plant was officially identified as a new separate species of orchid - a cross between nigritella nigra and another orchid gymnadenia conopsea. The new flower was given the latin name Gymninigritella runei and in Swedish it became known as the Brudkulla (a combination of the two orchids involved in the cross, Brunkulla and Brudsporre).

Brudkulla varies between 10-20cm in height and is known to grow in only four locations in southern Lapland. In July, a cluster of red flowers develops at the tip of a long stem. The flowers are open with an upward facing lip and have small pointed bracts.
The Brudkulla is a protected species and it is forbidden under Swedish law to pick pull up or cut the flowers, or destroy their natural habitat.



GPS cordinates for Ruttjebäcken: 7305678/1452643

Guided tours some days during the summer. The Brudkulla orchid can also be seen in the botanical garden in Hemavan.

GPS cordinates for Ruttjebäcken: 7305678/1452643

Guided tours some days during the summer. The Brudkulla orchid can also be seen in the botanical garden in Hemavan.

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