Native orchid of the day – Autumn Lady’s Tresses (Spiranthes spiralis)

We were on the Dorset coast on Thursday and the Autumn Lady’s Tresses were the best we have seen there in the last few years. The tiny species gets its name from the attractive spiral of flowers up the spike.

This orchid needs really short turf to flourish and the grazing regime around Dancing Ledge has clearly been spot on this year.


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