<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> Birdsnest Orchid

 

 
Birdsnest Orchid
 

 

The Birdsnest Orchid is a saprophyte and so has no chlorophyll, no leaves and feeds on rotting vegetation with the aid of a fungus partner. Being a brownish/honey coloured plant in the deep woodland shade, mainly of beech, it can be difficult to locate.

It grows locally during late spring and early summer, although absent from northern Scotland.

Note: As with all wild flowers, orchids should never be picked. Not only does picking a flower deny other people the chance to enjoy seeing it, but the plant will be weakened and the opportunity for it to set seed will be lost. Furthermore, the conditions under which an orchid grows are extremely specific and it would almost certainly perish if it were to be transported to another site.

 

 

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