Orchids 2017

jeffnsue
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Orchids 2017

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Post by jeffnsue » May 21st, 2017, 9:05 am

Other forums have a generic orchid thread recording sightings through the orchid season and members post images and information about what’s happening in their area of the country. The BirdForum thread has had as many as 1100 posts in a season but reduced to 452 last year as more people are using the dreaded Facebook. It is useful to know what’s going on but less useful to learn that ‘I’ve not seen anything yet’.

Anyway, I thought I’d get the ball rolling by reposting Early Purple Orchid and Green-winged Orchid taken at Gop Hill in North Wales on 20th April.

Jeff Hodgson
Anacamptis morio - Green-winged Orchid.jpg
Green-winged Orchid - Anacamptis morio
Orchis mascula - Early Purple Orchid.jpg
Early Purple Orcid - Orchis mascula

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Orchids 2017

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Post by jeffnsue » May 21st, 2017, 9:11 am

Yesterday I went to one of the very few sites in North Wales where Frog Orchids can be found, and they’re just starting to flower:
Frog Plant 2 Eryrys.jpg
Frog Orchid - Dactylorhiza viridis
Frog Orchid Spike 1 Eryrys.jpg
Frog Orchid Spike

Also beginning to flower there were Twayblade, better plants were to be found nearer home at Alyn Waters.
Twayblade Plant 1 Alyn Waters.jpg
Common Twayblade - Neottia ovata
Twayblade Floret 1 Alyn Waters.jpg
Twayblade Florets
Jeff Hodgson

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Orchids 2017

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Post by jeffnsue » May 21st, 2017, 9:21 am

This is a different variety of Frog Orchid, named v longibracteatatum because of its longer bracts. It grows much taller than the typical variety and last year some of these plants reached 40cm as against 15cm for a good example of a ‘normal’ plant. That in the previous post was around 10cm tall. I don’t know how well these plants will do this year, they are later than last year and obviously suffering from the very dry weather conditions we’ve had up here, with no rain for weeks till this week.

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Fog Orchid - Dactylorhiza viridis v longibracteatum

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Re: Orchids 2017

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Post by catmando » May 21st, 2017, 6:40 pm

nice idea :)
although we don't seem to get the more exotic orchids in this area (unless we are just not finding them ?)

we visited Gamston wood today 21st May 2017, and just a few Early Purple orchids well scattered about in the woods, mainly well off the path, no large groups, just single plants, with several still in bud,
early purple orchid3.jpg
early purple orchid9.jpg
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Post by jeffnsue » May 21st, 2017, 8:27 pm

That's the spirit, Catmando, old chap(ess), everything is so late this year, and so prejudiced by the weather. Things have a habit of catching up very quickly, so here's hoping
Jeff

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Post by treehugger » May 22nd, 2017, 11:36 am

Some belters there-never seen frog orchid or twayblade myself.

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Southern Marsh Orchids

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Post by jeffnsue » May 24th, 2017, 12:11 pm

Southern Marsh Orchids now in flower at our local reclaimed landfill site.
Jeff Hodgson
SMO Plant 01.jpg
Southern Marsh Orchid - Dactylorhiza praetermissa
SMO Spike 01.jpg
Southern Marsh Orchid - Spike
SMO Floret 01.jpg
Southern Marsh Orchid - Florets

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Orchids in Suffolk

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Post by jeffnsue » June 4th, 2017, 9:10 am

We’re just back from a week in Suffolk where there are one or two rarities.

We didn’t manage to see the Fen Orchids this year, they are well protected in the few sites where they grow and the whole area was fenced off to protect the habitat. We did however see a rare sub-species of Early Marsh Orchid, Dactylorhiza incarnata ochroleuca, a variety with creamy-white flowers which grows at only one site in the UK, with maybe 10 flowering plants.

Jeff Hodgson
EMO v.ochroleuca Plant 01.jpg
Early Marsh Orchid ssp ochroleuca
EMO v.ochroleuca Spike 01.jpg
Early Marsh Orchid ssp ochroleuca

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Post by jeffnsue » June 4th, 2017, 9:28 am

There is debate about this next orchid, which grows at the same site as the ochroleuca and elsewhere in scattered sites in southern England. Previously identified as Narrow-leaved Marsh Orchid, Dactylorhiza trausteineroides, (also known as Pugsley’s Marsh Orchid), genetic research in 2012 suggests it to be a subspecies of Southern Marsh Orchid, Dactylorhiza praetermissa schoenophila.

This reclassification may not be definitive, the plants are superficially identical to trausteineroides, in which case, as Simon Harrap says, the two species would only be able to be identified by where they grow, with trausteineroides in the north and schoenophila in the south.

Jeff Hodgson
Southern Marsh Orchid ssp schoenophila.jpg
Southern Marsh Orchid ssp schoenophila?

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Post by jeffnsue » June 5th, 2017, 8:22 am

Military Orchid is a rare plant but grows in some numbers at a site near Mildenhall where we saw these plants last week. It is said that the sepals and petals form a soldier’s helmet, the lip has two ‘arms’ and two ‘legs’ and the purple spots down the centre of the lip resemble tunic buttons
Jeff Hodgson
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Military Orchid - Orchis militaris
Military Orchid Spike 01.jpg
Military Orchid - Orchis militaris
Military Orchid Floret 01.jpg
Military Orchid - Orchis militaris

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