Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Another new form of Bee Orchid in Vc55!!

Following information from Colin Towe and Chris Lythall of an unusual Bee Orchid at Stoughton airfield. I checked the site  out a few days later in the company of Colin and Chris.
Finding the plant on one of the former roads around the airfield, the Bee Orchid quite clearly looked like the form Var.belgarum.
To put this flower into context, I believed it was the first time this form has been recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland!! (Unless of course somebody knows differently).
Over the last couple of weeks I have checked the site again and have found at least 4 spikes of this form.
I have sent the details to Michael Jeeves (Vc55 plant recorder) and just waiting to see if he has any more information on this form.
Fingers crossed it will be a new record for the county?
Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera Var.belgarum)

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