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May 15, 2013 4:54 PM

Plant found last summer

This was growing on a shady bank near the Grand Union Canal Tring in Hertfordshire. I have no idea what it is. It was just starting to fade when I photagraphed it.

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    May 15, 2013 5:02 PM (in response to chrisgray)
    Re: Plant found last summer

    Hi,

    you have a chlorophyll-less twayblade orchid (Neottia nidus-avis). Several normally green woodland orchids which have a strong association with mycorrhizal fungi occasionally produce creamy chlorophyll-less individuals which survive by becoming rather more mycoparasitic than normal.

    Best wishes

    Fred

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