Sunday, 22 May 2016
Three native orchid species flowering on Box Hill today: Bird's Nest Orchids, Common Twayblades and White Helleborines.
There was quite a profusion of Bird's Nest orchid flowers at this spot today, including the dead seed heads from last year. Being saprophytic they have no chlorophyll or green leaves.
Common Twayblades (two leaves in old Norse) were flowering.
An occasional White Helleborine was in perfect flower, others will peak in the days to come.
Details of an illustrated talk on native orchids can be seen at http://www.peterlovetttalks.co.uk/orchids.html
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