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Jul 2, 2013 11:59 AM

Bee Orchid

I am attaching 2 photos of some plants growing in the riverbank outside our house


They come up each year and we see that the flowers which look like bees are visited by bumble bees


I think they are bee orchids but the plants look a bit big compared with photos on the internet, the habitat does not seem right and they have as yet to flower this year


My neighbours on either side insist that they are pernicious weeds though they cannnot name them and should be removed, but I have said we must await flowering and identification


The neighbours refuse to put money on the outcome saying that they are Methodist (I am RC)


Can you advise on how much could be safely staked on the plants being bee orchids if I can find a taker? I offered £5 to the neighbours


I would add that none of the houses down the road alongside the river have similar plants but I have seen them further up the river on my walks on the adjoining common


I can submit further photos when the plants come into flower-in previous years it has been July/August


The riverbank is host to a mass of vegetation including nettles, brambles, thistles, bindweed and ivy (which we remove) and a lot of other plants which I am afraid I cannot readily identify


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