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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote will Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Jun 2014 at 5:35pm
I went to a local 'brownfield' site with a good common lizard population today; as it turned out, it was too cold for lizards but I was pleased to see what I think are three species of orchid - namely bee, common spotted and pyramidal - please let me know if I am right, Ben, or am I barking up the wrong orchid??








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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote will Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Jun 2014 at 5:36pm
(common spotted being the last one in the series)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Liz Heard Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Jun 2014 at 6:45pm
Hi folks,

sorry for taking so long to get back to you! I've not been home much lately, so no internet.

Hi Suz, i'm not sure what 'wild orchid' you've received and it's hard to see much detail from your image, but if i assume (always dangerous i know!) that it is a UK native species local to your area, and taking note of the fact that this is an orchid with dense purple inflorescences that likes it rich, Southern Marsh Orchid Dactylorhiza praetermissa suggests itself. However, another possibility might be Early Marsh Orchid Dactylorhiza incarnata subspecies pulchella. Just to embuggerate things further, the two can hybridise.

Will, similarly with your 'Common Spotted'. They are very variable and hard to be sure from your pic (eg no shot of leaves) but D fuchsii is very common and looks likely.

On a more definite note, the other two you posted are very distinctive and yes, agree, are Bee Orchid/Pyramidal. Nice pics.

Not an orchid but here's a beautiful and impressive plant i encounter just now and then and i'm always thrilled when i do. From the Potato family:





Deadly Nightshade Atropa belladonna
Deadly poisonous!!!!

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote will Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Jun 2014 at 7:41pm
thanks BenThumbs Up - I should have snapped a photo of the leaves, too - elementary non-botanist's mistake!  Love that word 'embuggerate', too!
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Hi Ben,
 
here's another to follow on to Will's post...
 
This last Monday - is this early?
 
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Hi Rob

I've seen quite a few Stink horns (and a few other common fungi species like Sulphur Tuft and Boletus) springing up over the past few weeks. They are about!

Here's a shot of the early and harder to spot (said to be edible but i haven't tried it) 'egg' phase of Stink horn.
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