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

 

 
Monkey Orchid
 

 

The Monkey Orchid is unusual - if not unique -amongst orchids in having flowers that open from the top downwards, a valuable clue to idenification. The whitish pink flowers each have a certain resemblence to a man with arms, legs and a minue tail.

Found on calcareous soils, mainly on grasslands, but rare in this country. In flower during late spring and early summer.

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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