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  1. J

    2017 UK orchids

    You’re quite right about the tinges of green on the ovaries Mike, and it could be that that hint of green is also diluting the ‘pinkness’ of this plant, which is not as bright as I’d expected. Nonetheless it’s a step on the way for me, as I’d not even seen a ‘near rosea’ before Jeff
  2. J

    2017 UK orchids

    Broad-leaved Helleborine - Epipactis helleborine Went to Minera Quarry yesterday with old chum Clive as it had been reported that Autumn Gentian were in flower. That will require another visit, plenty of plants but few in flower as yet. There were also plenty of Broad-leaved Helleborine, most...
  3. J

    2017 UK orchids

    Yes it stands tall doesn’t it Rich, so many rosea seem to be bent over, almost distorted. Wish it had been a bit brighter pink though, still, can’t have everything. Jeff
  4. J

    2017 UK orchids

    Violet Helleborine Thanks to a tip off from Muba I knew this variant of Violet helleborine was growing in the colony at Coalbrookdale and thanks to his excellent directions I managed to find it growing on a precipitous slope in the depths of the beech woodland. This variant lacks chlorophyll...
  5. J

    2017 UK orchids

    E phyllanthes At last the opportunity to get a half decent photograph of the flower! This unfortunate plant had been nibbled such that only two flowers remained, enabling photographs to be taken without the distraction of extraneous leaves and surplus florets cluttering up the place, one in...
  6. J

    2017 UK orchids

    Thanks Rich, I went back this morning a bit strapped for time. I was convinced I knew which plant had the variegated leaves but I was mistaken and didn't have the time to trawl through all the others. I might just try again, but without much hope of finding it Jeff
  7. J

    2017 UK orchids

    Green-flowerd Helleborine I have struggled long and hard to get a half-presentable photograph of an individual floret of this plant so off I went this morning with more hope than expectation and in the end I’m reasonably satisfied. I had a bash at more than one plant and didn’t notice till...
  8. J

    2017 UK orchids

    Marford Quarry Following the discovery of the large colony of E dunensis at Alyn Waters in 2011, odd plants have been found at sites downwind from Alyn Waters, for example by Muba at Delamere. Examples were identified at Marford Quarry a couple of years ago and a colony is now developing there...
  9. J

    2017 UK orchids

    With reference to my Marsh Helleborine post 214 above, our old chum Dorts reckons it’s albiflora not ochroleuca. Jeff Hodgson
  10. J

    2017 UK orchids

    Marsh Helleborine I managed a couple of days away last week and went to Kenfig in filthy weather, a week or so too late to see the ovata at their best I’m afraid. There were however carpets of Marsh Helleborine. I am unsure whether this is variant ochroleuca or albiflora. The latter...
  11. J

    2017 UK orchids

    stquintinii Hybrid Glad you found something Simon, did you photograph it? Jeff
  12. J

    2017 UK orchids

    Hi FGRS, the hybrid was towards the top of the slope as you walk up the common from behind the pub to the cricket field. It was just to the right of the path that leads to the bend in the track where it leads into the cricket field itself. Vague, I know, but hope it helps Jeff Hodgson
  13. J

    2017 UK orchids

    Hellfire Rich I give in on the hybrid (or not) but get a grip, I’ve resisted Arsebook so far but might have to cave in. Might we be trolled (or whatever), god how I wish I was as young as Leptochila, our old chum Young Hunter Jeff
  14. J

    2017 UK orchids

    Indeed good to have something to discuss, Rich. You mention the long spur on my plant (more correctly heakl’s), is it not possible for a hybrid to have variation too, that is to say, need this hybrid invariably have a long spur, or might it lean towards the CSO in that respect. I do wish I knew...
  15. J

    2017 UK orchids

    Mystery Orchid Why not X Dactylodenia st-quinitinii, the hybrid between Common Spotted and Chalk Fragrant. This plant was shown to me by heakl (remember him from WAB?) on 6th July 2015 on Sheepscombe Common and has many of the same features as your plant. This one had a strong fragrance, did...
  16. J

    2017 UK orchids

    Rex Graham Reserve We are on holiday in Suffolk within striking distance of the Rex Graham Reserve. It was the open day yesterday but we couldn't make it. Our friends are joining us tomorrow and we would like to go with them. Last time we were there (2014) there were Military Orchid plants...
  17. J

    2017 UK orchids

    The ‘forest’, if indeed it becomes such, is just in the wooded area of the site in the dip beyond where most of the Frog Orchids grow. My original post was perhaps a little sensational! Jeff Hodgson
  18. J

    2017 UK orchids

    Frog Orchids The Frogs are just starting to flower at the North Wales site, together with what will become a forest of Twayblades in certain parts of the site. The Frog v longibracteatum are very late this year and show the sign of suffering from lack of rain. Jeff Hodgson
  19. J

    2017 UK orchids

    Odd EPO Having seen Rich’s photo I’m inclined to agree this is an odd EPO, though I’ve not seen one like it before. The leaves are atypical of EPO but very similar to Rich’s plant and the amount of spotting does vary enormously from plant to plant. Not much doubt about this one I think, EPO...
  20. J

    2017 UK orchids

    When was the picture taken Steve? Were there other EPO about? Surely this has to be some form of hybrid, with SMO as one parent, but if the photo has been taken this year it seems very early. Jeff
  21. J

    2017 UK orchids

    Gop Hill Gop Hill is a south facing hillside in North Wales at an elevation of 800ft in old money. Early Purple and Green-winged just coming into flower yesterday. Jeff Hodgson
  22. J

    2017 UK orchids

    Took my first foray into North Wales yesterday to see how the Early Purple Orchids were coming on, but only small rosettes visible, hardly surprising as the site is at an elevation of 1200 ft. Interesting to see last year’s seed heads of Frog Orchid (Dactylorhiza viridis v longibracteatum)...
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