|Epipactis Specimen 65 (Click over to enlarge)|
I was kindly given details yesterday of this strange plant coming through on Hutton Roof. Thanks to Robert. I decided to check it out and have taken a trio of photos. I guess it just has to be yet another star! I guess at first looking just where it was under close canopy it looked very much like the drooping head of a "Helliborine" and quite close to it there were several of them present. But this one is a very strange make up of plant and with a stem like that and purple ovaries surely this has to be a atrorubens, But maybe the leaves belong to Helliborine?
|Another of Specimen 65 (Click over to enlarge)|
|And finally a close up of a bud, ovary and stem for Specimen 65 (Click over to enlarge)|
|Epipactis variant "Albiflora" No.2a (Click over to enlarge)|
Probably the star of the show for me has been this beautiful atrorubens variant "Albiflora" No.2a which I found ten days ago. I did manage to get a photo this morning although it is now starting to go over a bit and the top buds will not do anything. I would not be surprised if this be the first ever recorded in England although it has been recorded in the past in the Kishorn area of West Ross and Cromarty (Orchids of Britain - Harrap).
|Epipactis variant which we have already classified as "Palens" No.2 - Albiflora (Click over to enlarge)|
|Specimen 63 (Click over to enlarge)|