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Marsh-orchid

Southern Marsh-Orchid (Dactylorhiza praetermissa) on a roadside verge by Exminster bypass (Sannerville Way, the A379), Devon, England.

 

I first noticed marsh-orchids on the roadside verge by Exminster bypass whilst driving past a few years ago. They appeared tall and I wondered whether they might be hybrids, but the verge was cut before I had chance to check and unfortunately the same thing happened in subsequent years (I must complain to the County Council). This year it was cut again, but earlier, so I decided to check the regrowth and managed to find a few good Southern Marsh-orchids and lots of leaves of unflowering plants presumably affected by the earlier cutting. A few had some spotting on the leaves but most were unspotted and were probably good Southern Marsh. I was surprised and delighted to also find a few Pyramidal and Bee Orchids.

 

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Taken on July 1, 2012