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Old Monday 24th April 2017, 21:04   #26
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Odd green-wings

Wow...a few really strange plants there jml especially the multi-coloured plants.
Rich yours could almost be hyperchrome surely?
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I am going to Ireland in late May and will pop to the Burren for Orchids, can anyone help with locations for the specialties.

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Old Tuesday 25th April 2017, 15:33   #28
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Never seen a colour form like that before....

I was examining a Bristol Green-winged colony a couple of weeks ago but didn't see this one!
Here's another three plants with a similar lip pattern, just not so heavily pigmented, close to Si's plant. There are about half a dozen of the dark version. I've seen GWO's with reduced and no lip patterning, don't recall ever seeing ones where the patterning is lumped together into one big blob.

Mike - I suspect that your Bristol colony isn't the one that Si and I are looking at!

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Green-winged variation

Here's another unusual GWO lip pattern, although I have seen this one a few times before, with the lip lacking any patterning even though pigment is present.

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Mike - I suspect that your Bristol colony isn't the one that Si and I are looking at!

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Evidently not...

Mine was along the edge of Ashton Court golf course
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Evidently not...

Mine was along the edge of Ashton Court golf course
I'm ashamed to say that although I only live a few miles south of Bristol I have never been to see the colony at Ashton Court. Mind you I've got three colonies even closer to home.

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Frost yesterday morning (-1C) damaged quite a number of flowering GWOs & both D. praetermissa & P. bifolia in bud.
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I've visited two special sites near Lewes this week with mixed experiences. At Caburn Bottom, just one Burnt Orchid fully out - they're small here so three inches is a good size - in beautiful condition. Three others just half an inch high emerging from grass. It feels early for the other flora up there, so it may be that more will emerge but after a thorough search there, it feels like it could be another very thin year. In contrast at Castle Hill NNR earlier in the week, Early Spiders out in good numbers in beautiful afternoon sun. Again they are mainly up to two inches so patience and care are required. Two to three hundred out with many still in bud and those in flower still extending. Lovely to be able to get multiple flowers in the same photo - quite a few decent size spikes close together which doesn't always happen for me, at least in numbers I saw this week. Beautiful location and well worth a visit. I'd guess good for at least two more weeks. Early purples more abundant here than in recent years too. Will revisit Caburn in ten days and hope my pessimism is unfounded!
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