UK native - name it
Posted 15 June 2011 - 19:39 PM
So lets see which of you orchid fans can name it.
I'll post correct answer at the weekend.
Posted 18 June 2011 - 09:01 AM
Come on - don't be shy If you agree with Stephen, say so. If you think it's something else, say so.
Confirmation of ID tomorrow.
Posted 18 June 2011 - 09:10 AM
Posted 19 June 2011 - 20:53 PM
Although, with so many orchid fans on here and well over 100 views, I'm surprised there weren't more opinions on ID.
This probably wasn't really fair and to be honest, I wouldn't have been able to ID them just from these 2 pic's.
Although there was a slight clue that something was not right, if you look very closely - the nectar tube is rather long for a Dactylorhiza.
I can't claim the credit for finding them, but I was shown them to confirm the suspicions on ID ....................................
A rather RARE intergeneric hybrid - common spotted orchid x fragrant orchid (or the other way round ?) First ones I've ever seen, and very pleased I was
They are growing in a field full of both parents growing closely mixed. From a slight distance they look like a slightly dark Fragrant Orchid (they have that look), but close up - you see the Dactylorhiza lip markings and faint spotting on the leaves. The nectar tube is longer than a common spotted, but thicker and shorter than a Fragrant (see pic below). And just for good confirmation (that you would never have known) they have a strong pleasant scent.
There is this clump of 4 and another single spike a few metres away.
Edited by Phil Green, 19 June 2011 - 20:54 PM.
Posted 19 June 2011 - 21:05 PM
There are Northern Marsh Orchids growing on the bank of a very busy road near me. There must be thousands of people pass them when they are in flower and I bet hardly anyone spots them.
Here's one from last year:
Posted 19 June 2011 - 21:41 PM
Back to my twayblades and helleborines...