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Thursday, 2 September 2010

Autumn Lady's-tresses orchids

My great thanks to Stella for alerting me to Autumn Lady's-tresses orchids growing abundantly on these private lawns in Haywards Heath.
You can see these exquisite little orchids from the pavement on Heath Road.
Autumn Lady's-tresses orchids, Spiranthes spiralis, according to David Lang in his book " Wild Orchids of Sussex" are usually to be found on old chalk pastures or calcareous grassland, and will flourish on cliff-tops near the sea.
What a joy to have these beautiful wild orchids right in the middle of Haywards Heath, and with easy wheelchair access on the pavement to see them as well.
Well done the gardener for mowing around them and leaving these tiny yet lovely plants for all to enjoy.

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