Thursday, July 12, 2012

Magnificent Marsh Orchids.... or spotted orchids .... or hybrids?



Well, actually I'm not sure what these are, exactly. They were part of a swarm of hybrids between marsh orchids and common spotted orchids, growing beside the pond on Durham University's Mountjoy site. Whatever their precise identity, they are magnificent specimens. I have noticed that whenever these hybrid swarms occur you always get a few very robust, very floriferous specimens, probably displaying hybrid vigour, alongside many more that are much weaker plants.... and, quite often, a few albinos like the one on the left.

6 comments:

  1. Great beautiful plants in such a very good photograph! Made my day! Thank you.

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  2. Hi Roger, It made my day too when I found them. Thanks for visiting.

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  3. Difficult to say when they are so promiscuous but, no matter, they are still beautiful and the Bees still find them.

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  4. Interesting Phil
    On a recent visit to Wicken Fen, there was an area covered in orchids; all various colours. Someone there said they were all hybrids of Spotted Orchid.
    Maybe this weather agrees with these plants?

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  5. Hi toffeeapple, it's always a bit of a thrill to find orchids - even the common species

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  6. Hi Keith, the wet weather doesn't seem to have done their flowering much harm, does it - although pollinators must be in short supply....

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