TQ1852 : Greater Butterfly Orchid (Platanthera chlorantha)

near to Mickleham, Surrey, Great Britain

Greater Butterfly Orchid (Platanthera chlorantha)
Greater Butterfly Orchid (Platanthera chlorantha)
One of a small group of Greater Butterfly Orchids on Box Hill - another one can be seen in the background. This is one of the most attractive species of orchid in the UK. It is pollinated by moths, and as an adaptation for this, the flowers have an extended spur containing nectar on which the moths feed. A further adaptation for moth pollination is its scent. This photo was taken in the early afternoon and the flowers were scentless. But a visit earlier in the week at dusk revealed an exquisite perfume - only released when the pollinating moths are likely to be around.
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2008
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Saturday, 7 June, 2008   (more nearby)
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Monday, 16 June, 2008
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Flora   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 18 52 [1000m precision]
WGS84: 51:15.5613N 0:18.1877W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 18 52
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