Native British orchids in January


We saw our first native British orchids of 2018 today on the Dorset coast. They are not in flower yet, of course, but the Early Spider Orchids (Ophrys sphegodes) on the Purbeck Coast (You may just make out Durlston Light House in the distance) have already made strong rosettes of leaves and are thinking about sending up their amazing flowers.

Plants are usually at their peak around mid-April and so with that spring like thought I will leave you with a photo of them flowering last April.

Early spider orchid on the Purbeck Coast


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  1. Charles Stuart says:

    Are you trying to get the students ( collectively to emulate Lief Bersweden?