Thursday, 17 June 2010

Orchid Puzzle

I have been trying to get a handle on orchid identification, and amongst other things have used the forum at Wild About Britain website to assist in this endeavor
So it came as a bit of a surprise to learn that the following are all the same species ie Common Spotted Orchid. It appears that it is a strain that has no problems with mixing its genes with some of the Marsh orchids, hence the variations

These are all around the perimeter of Woolsington Ponds.


Phil said...

We have a field of orchids like this close to where I work in Durham city - spotted orchids, marsh orchids and every conceivable intermediate. No two exactly alike in the whole field. Cheers, Phil.

Citybirding said...

The tendancy to cross breed certainly produces some stunning displays.