Friday, 6 May 2011

White wonders

One member of the orchid family that is clearly revelling in this dry and warm spring is the White Helleborine, an early flowering plant that traditionally favours woodland and sometimes scrubby areas on chalk or limestone but occasionally strays into adjacent grassland. Roger Newman is recording many White Helleborines at Brush Hill this year and I took these photos of this striking plant there yesterday.



It is rare for the flowers to open widely, revealing their bright yellow pollinia., but this year is an exception as they normally self pollinate. Look out for the first Common Blue and Brown Argus butterflies too if you visit this reserve over the next few days.


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