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Britain's Orchids

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martinsanford ADMIN July 11, 2009
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Now that we have such good species coverage lets expand that base by posting add-on images which show details of leaves, developing fruits, insects on orchid flower, habitat views, hybrids, variants etc

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According to the wonderful English Nature book in the Wild Guides series called "Britain's Orchids" there are only between 50 and 60 well-characterized orchid species that grow in the British Isles. This seems a manageable sized group to be able to get to grips with in a photo pool. The species are found everywhere in the UK, some rare and restricted in distribution, some common. The flowers are fantastic, often come in a rangeof colour and pattern varieties even within a single species. Some species have flowers which are incredible mimics of insects which are induced to pollinate the flowers by attempting to mate with them!

I am not a botanist but I would hope that the identifications which people add to their pictures will be corrected if necessary by those who are more experienced. It would be great to get close to a full set of pictures of all the British species. I am starting things off with a set of pics from two sites in Kent taken last June.

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