Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Totland Orchids

Yesterday morning I had to visit the funeral directors in Totland, so I took the opportunity to pop along to Totland Recreation Ground where I'd been told there were a number of orchids. It was encouraging to see that a strip of grass had been left unmown for them.

It was wonderful to come across hundreds of Green-winged Orchids. Unfortunately the vast majority were past their best now.

When I first saw them from a distance, I assumed that they were Early Purple Orchids, but then I noticed that the leaves were unspotted and confirmed the identification by the presence of the green veins on the outer sepals.

I then spotted a few plants of a different species.

I think these are Southern Marsh Orchids.

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