Friday, 7 August 2015

Orchid oddity


File:Common spotted orchid 1.jpgA lucky orchidmaniac has made a fabulous find in Cumbria.

File:Frog Orchid - Coeloglossum viride (14356357219).jpgWhile counting frog orchids at Plantlife's Augill Pasture reserve in Cumbria, Lois Harbron discovered a hybrid cross of frog orchid and common spotted orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) - both pictured here.

Named “X Dactyloglossum mixtum” it could be dubbed a “pink frog orchid”. Just imagine a blend of the two and there you have it.

Hybrid orchids are not too uncommon, according to the Plantlife blog. The marsh and spotted Dactylorhiza orchids often “cross”. 

This particular one, however, is quite rare. Since 2000, it’s only been found at about 15 sites in Britain. It looks like this hybrid is also a new record for the county.