The bright violet sheathing leaf in the middle picture on post #877 (and the bright purple stem base on the left) are both on the mature plant shown in the 2 left pictures on post #859. I had taken that to be a Broad-leaved but....
The greener sheathing leaf on the right of post #877 comes from the plant in the middle and right of post #859.
At the same site was a small group of BLH that showed signs of self-pollination, much like GFH. None of the flowers were opening wide, unlike the others growing around and nearby, and the lower flower's ovaries were all showing signs of swelling, again unlike other BLH nearby. The plants involved all had the same flower colouration, while others in the same spot were clearly typical and had different colouration. Any opinions anybody?
There is a good site for Green Flowered Helles just south of Newbury beside the A343. I counted c160 plants there last week (down on the 240 or so I counted last year). They still needed a week or 10 days to come into flower - but should be looking good next week.
The GFHs are on both verges of the road - mostly between the gateway (and small layby) into the National Trust's Chase nature reserve and the cross-roads to the South where the minor road to Penwood/Woolton Hill crosses the A343.
Take care if you visit. Wear a high-vis tabard or something as the road is a busy one!
As for Violet Helles - try Telegraph Lane and Blackberry Lane at Four Marks. There are usually several clumps on the verges there. Also the lane near the Garden Centre (I can't remember its name - Garth-something, I think).
These are E. dunensis. Do you have more pics and site details?
A couple more plants now in flower. The original plant has quite a few open flowers now, including this aberration with a column but no lip to speak of and only 4 perianth segments - all the other flowers on the stem seem OK. I've seen flowers like this at this site before, on a different plant a few years ago.
Some more pictures of these which may or may not help. Cannot find a crumb of pollinia though.
These look much more like standard cross-pollinated plants from these new photo's.
The pollinia looked to have been removed wholesale.
Shiny ovaries are a little curious though!
Not wishing to disagree with you Sean, but those ovaries are swelling very soon after or during flowering, especially when compared to other less remarkable plants on the site. The flowers have gone over very quickly too, compared with other plants there.
Just in case you are over in Ireland, Irish Lady's Tresses are out in good numbers (quite early, first seen 6th July) in a few lakes in Co. Mayo, and small numbers on the lake we study (Lough Allen, Co. Leitrim).
Love to hear from other people who are interested in this orchid (and to know how they are doing in Scotland) as we are tring to record numbers and locations of the orchid in Ireland (hard to get around to all of the lakes!).
Both very good indicators.
The complete lack of pollen anywhere on your photo's, especially in the anther, does indicate allogamy.
What was the pollination regime of nearby flowers comparatively?