Blue Bells, Early Purple Orchids and dirty hybrids

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Friday, 30 April 2010 17:56

Early Purple Orchids are just coming out and Bluebells are at their best right now. I took these in the West Weald today. The Bluebells and orchids (oh and the Wood Spurge I just noticed in the foreground) were all taken in an area of W10 woodland in the form of overmature Hazel coppice under oak standards. The other picture is not an Oxlip, it's a False-oxlip, the hybrid between Cowslip and Primrose. The flowers spread in all directions in False-oxlip but all lean to one side in Oxlip. That and Oxlip is not a Sussex species! This was on a dirt bank on the edge of The Mens.

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