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2017 UK orchids (1 Viewer)

2000+ Bee orchids, Norwich

2000++ Bee Orchids along a short stretch of road on a suburban housing estate in west Norwich (Norfolk). The colony was discovered last year.
 
I am going to have a look on Monday.
I will let you know, just hoping for a fine day.

Roy

They were there last year, Roy. My only visit this year was for five mins too early in the season, but I've no reason to doubt they aren't there again.

James
 
I've emailed you at your gmail address Mike.

Not sure about St George's Field but we looked on Sheepscombe Common yesterday but orchid numbers were poor and the only Butterfly I saw looked to be a standard Lesser with parallel pollinia held close together. Searching wasn't helped by it starting to rain and lunch calling. Pictures in post #82 were taken just a couple of miles from there.

What would you identify each of these as?

Rich

Hi Rich

Middle photo looks like Lesser to me and the other 2 look like intermediate hybrids...

What do you think?

Mike
 
Cumbrian coralroots

A unique perspective on the coralroot orchid: in one foot of flood water!

About 15 plants (though likely many more) - virtually all totally submerged, making for interesting searching.

No, it's not Sandscale...

Mike
 

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Hi Rich

Middle photo looks like Lesser to me and the other 2 look like intermediate hybrids...

What do you think?

Mike

The middle and the left hand photo were both taken at the site mentioned in the BSBI article. The right hand photo was taken at a different site, in the same general area, the difference being that this site is only supposed to hold Greaters - most of the plants there do seem to fit Greater but there are at least four plants that are intermediate like the one in the photo.

Something decidedly odd going on up there with Platanthera.

Rich
 
Bird's-nest Orchids on the Great Orme

Great to finally catch up with the Bird's-nest Orchids on the Great Orme in Llandudno a couple of weekends back - 3 spikes in the woodland near the base around Happy Valley. A good local record and an orchid that I've only ever seen once before!
 

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Great to finally catch up with the Bird's-nest Orchids on the Great Orme in Llandudno a couple of weekends back - 3 spikes in the woodland near the base around Happy Valley. A good local record and an orchid that I've only ever seen once before!

Brilliant shots Steff!

Lucky on the lighting...

Mike
 
One for the specialists here.
At a local site in N. Wales there are CSO and NMO growing fairly close to each other, but mainly in their own discrete spots. There are hybrids, but these mingle with the NMO populations. Does this suggest the CSOs are the pollen parent?

Steve
 
One for the specialists here.
At a local site in N. Wales there are CSO and NMO growing fairly close to each other, but mainly in their own discrete spots. There are hybrids, but these mingle with the NMO populations. Does this suggest the CSOs are the pollen parent?

Steve

I'd say yes. The vast majority of seed doesn't tend to travel that far from it's source which would suggest D. purpurella is the 'mommy' (seed parent).

Mike
 
Early Marsh (coccinea )

I found a few very small coccinea today, the best one was only 3 inches tall.

Roy
 

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Has anyone got any info on where to see Pugsleys marsh on Anglesey? I really need to try and have a look for these having only ever seen what I thought was Pugsleys in Oxfordshire and Norfolk! Any help would be appreciated

Cheers Ben
 
Has anyone got any info on where to see Pugsleys marsh on Anglesey? I really need to try and have a look for these having only ever seen what I thought was Pugsleys in Oxfordshire and Norfolk! Any help would be appreciated

Cheers Ben

Cors Bodeilio - take wellies

Steve
 
Pyramidals

Earlier in the week I did my annual pilgrimage to see the colony of Pyramidal orchids on the edge of Bristol. There are about three or four hundred plants along the verge and roadside bank of a main road.

It is amazing how variable the flower shapes are. The majority of plants are the normal looking lip with three obvious lobes but it is not hard to find ones, like #1 below on the left, where although still trilobed there is little gap between the lobes.

Then there are the emarginata types, like the middle two photos below, where the lip is essentially whole and not lobed. They fall into two types, those where the lip has a couple of small cuts in it, like someone has take a pair of scissors to it (these are the commonest, I found 6 examples), and the full monty ones where the lip is completely rounded (these are rarer, I only found 3).

And then there are the occasional aberration - what is going on with the plant on the right?

Rich M
 

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A couple of oddities from the last week or so, a Bee orchid with a mutant flower and an enormous D. x grandis, all of 32 inches high.

Rich M
 

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