Merry Christmas 2020

 It's Christmas Day as I publish this blog. It's been a horrible year with Covid-19 restricting movement and later infecting us and making us ill. However, enough of that. Here's a selection of some of the UK wild orchids I found in this and previous years to hopefully bring you some Christmas cheer and to look forward to a Happy New Year to come.

I hope you like them.

In alphabetical (latin name) order:




 Anacamptis morio

Green-winged orchid

 

 

 













 

 

Anacamptis pyramidalis

Pyramidal Orchid

 
 
Dactylorhiza fuchsii
Common spotted orchid


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dactylorhiza praetermissa

Southern marsh orchid












 

 

 

 

 

Dactylorhiza incarnata ssp coccinea

Early marsh orchid









Cephalanthera damasonium

White Helleborine










 

Epipactis helleborine

Broad-leaved helleborine










 

 

Epipactis palustris

Marsh helleborine



Gymnadenia conopsea

Chalk fragrant orchid








Herminium monorchris

Musk orchid




















Himantoglossum hircinum

Lizard orchid











Liparis loeselii

Fen orchid

 
 
Neotinea ustulata var aestivalis
Burnt orchid



 

 

 

 

 

 

Neottia nidus-avis

Birds nest orchid





Ophrys - fuciflora, apifera, sphegodes, insectifera

Late Spider, Bee, Early Spider, Fly orchids

 
 
Orchis anthropophora
Man orchid










Orchis mascula

Early purple orchid

















Orchis purpurea

Lady orchid














 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orchis simia

Monkey orchid











 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Platanthera bifolia

Lesser butterfly orchid










 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pseudorchis albida

Small white orchid












Spiranthes spirales

Autumn lady's tresses















I hope you liked the selection of some of our wild orchids above. There are lots more species in the UK too including a plethora of hybrids, such as this D. x mixtum (Frog x CSO).



Happy Christmas

With best wishes from Dave



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