SU1263 : Lesser Butterfly Orchid (Platanthera bifolia)

taken 8 years ago, near to West Stowell, Wiltshire, Great Britain

Lesser Butterfly Orchid (Platanthera bifolia)
Lesser Butterfly Orchid (Platanthera bifolia)
Much more catholic in its habitat tastes than its close relative, the Greater Butterfly Orchid, this particular example is on chalk grassland. It differs from the Greater Butterfly Orchid in its smaller and generally neater appearance and the pollinia in the flowers, which in the Lesser are parallel, whereas in the Greater they diverge markedly.

Behind is a Common Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) in bud.
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Date Taken
Friday, 11 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Monday, 14 June, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 12 63 [1000m precision]
WGS84: 51:22.2255N 1:49.3091W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 12 63
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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