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 Post subject: Re: UK Orchid season
PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 9:02 pm 
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My own E. palustris are now in full flower! I must grab some shots.

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 Post subject: Re: UK Orchid season
PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:14 pm 
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Popped across to Norfolk yesterday in search of Creeping Lady's-tresses (Goodyera repens). No one quite knows what they are doing in the coastal pine woods. Perhaps they came with the trees? Perhaps the seed blew down the coast? Perhaps they had a helping hand from bird of human? Who knows!
Sadly the colony I saw in 2013 has gone, or hopefully just wasn't flowering so I didn't find it, but thanks to the estate warden the trip was not wasted as he put me on to a couple of spikes. I don't know if the cone was a marker put there deliberately or not but I was not going to move it and it gives a sense of scale. These are tiny about 12cm tall.
In what are very dry pine woods there are some damper mossy areas which is where the CLts appear.


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 Post subject: Re: UK Orchid season
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Along the coast there is a very damp common, needing waders if you want to kneel down to take pictures without getting soggy knees and care if you are not to come a cropper in the mud / puddles / mini-ponds. Plenty of marsh helleborines here and a good number of marsh fragrant orchids, Gymnadenia densiflora which truly live up to their name as the scent was obvious as soon as you got near the plant, and very nice as well. Just cannot resist photographing any bug I see on a flower!


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 Post subject: Re: UK Orchid season
PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:33 pm 
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On the way home called in at a disused railway line. Dactylorhizas gone over, pyramids going over, marsh helleborines at the bottom of the embankment, EVERYWHERE!


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 Post subject: Re: UK Orchid season
PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:13 pm 
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Off on my travels again this afternoon in search of Helleborines of various sorts. First stop a reserve near Lincoln where I discovered that "Jungle Formula" does not deter mosquitos in the slightest. I was eaten alive. I also discovered that waterproofs aren't! Found a few Broad Leaved Helleborines (Epipactis helleborine) along a woodland path, but then it was time to brave the flying vampires and head into the scrub.


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 Post subject: Re: UK Orchid season
PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:17 pm 
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Most of the Green Flowered Helleborines (Epipactis phyllanthes) are in cages to protect them from the deer but some are outside and do not seem to have been eaten this year. Not the greatest lookers as the flowers do not open widely. Possibly they self pollinate before opening. Like many woodland plants they really do stand out in the near darkness beneath the tree canopy.


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 Post subject: Re: UK Orchid season
PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:22 pm 
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Finally headed a bit further north to see the county's only Dune Helleborines (Epipactis dunensis). Not a very dune like environment for them, tiny piece of woodland with water on either side, but the experts insist that that is what they are so no arguments. Besides, what else could they be? The leaves are not as broad and the flowers not as green as the two previous species.
Only two more species to see this year now, Violet Helleborine in a couple of weeks and Autumn Lady's-tresses at the end of August.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 10:44 am 
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Visited another Broad Leaved Helleborine site at the weekend, a large woodland. Found loads of plants beneath a beech canopy where the soil is bone dry and covered in a thick layer of beech mast. Almost nothing else grows beneath the trees. The best plants are at the wood's edge, the further in you go the fewer plants are found and they are significantly smaller. Question is, is this because it is getting drier or darker or both? Many will not flower this year, either due to dryness or nibbling by deer. Some are still in bud, though I like the way the spike uncurls, but many are beginning to flower. This is a very variable species with colours varying from white / green to purple.


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Many of the plants were well and truly infested with aphids and on one the wood ants were happily milking them!
The other great thing about just being out in the countryside is that you never quite know what you will see. Apart from a spectacular display from a red tailed kite I saw several of a new butterfly species, for me that is, the male silver washed fritillary. No females in evidence!


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 Post subject: Re: UK Orchid season
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Apologies for the mistake Rob. Thanks for moving the posts.


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 Post subject: Re: UK Orchid season
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Looks like it has been a bad year for Violet Helleborine, Epipactis purpurata, in many parts of the country. The most common reason given is that it has been too dry. I have looked in three woods now and not found more than ten plants, not all flowering, in any of them.


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 Post subject: Re: UK Orchid season
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Another day, another wood. Still not many violet hellborines, mostly small, single stemmed plants, but this multi-stemmed plant is by far the best that I have seen this year. Caged to prevent the deer eating it.


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