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This year I visited Southrepps Common for the first time. This is a SSSI and is species rich botanically. The habitat is mainly damp grassland and I found several examples of Fragrant Orchid of which this was my best image. I used my Canon EOS M with the 18-55mm lens in Macro mode and handheld. ISO 100, f5.6, 1/200th sec. Photograph by Jim Laws.
For anyone visiting the common, there is a short board walk from the car park through the marshy area.
Extract from Wikipedia
Fragrant Orchid Gymnadenia conopsea reaches on average 20–60 centimetres (7.9–23.6 in) of height, with a maximum of 80 centimetres (31 in). These plants are bulbous geophytes, as they bring their buds in underground tubers or bulbs, organs that annually produce new stems, leaves and flowers. Furthermore, these orchids are “terrestrial”, because unlike “epiphyte” species do not live at the expense of other plants of major sizes.
The stem is leafy and robust, with a striated surface. The leaves are long, narrow and lanceolate and vary from 3 to 7. The leaf color is gray-green. Size of leaf: width 1 to 2 cm, length 10 – 25 cm.
These orchids have two ovoidal bulbs, deeply webbed and with many small and short lobes. Size of tubers: 1 to 3.5 cm.
The inflorescence is 5–25 centimetres (2.0–9.8 in) long and it is composed of flowers gathered in dense cylindrical spikes (up to 50 flowers per spike). These inflorescences are scented and genes underlying eugenol (a volatile scent compound) production have been identified in Gymnadenia conopsea, Gymnadenia odoratissima and Gymnadenia densiflora The flowers are petiolated, placed in the axils of long bracts and reach on average 8–14 centimetres (3.1–5.5 in). They have a distinctive three lobed lip and long spurs. Their light scent is similar to cloves. Their colors vary from white and pink to pink-purple, more rarely white. These flowers bloom in the Summer, from June to July. They are hermaphrodite and pollinated by insects (entomophily), including moths. The species is almost exclusively pollinated by moths (Lepidoptera). The most common pollinators are the small elephant hawk-moth (Deilephila porcellus), hummingbird hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum), silver Y (Autographa gamma), burnished brass (Diachrysia chrysitis) and large yellow underwing (Noctua pronuba). Fruit set is high with an average of 73%. The seeds germination is conditioned by the presence of specific fungi.
We are still looking for members to our new Facebook Group, Norfolk Photography Group this will be open to anyone who has an interest in photography. There is no limitation of region, type of photography, ability of make of camera. The group will be open to comments , suggestions and constructive critique of images posted. We hope that this will be somewhere that members can post without feeling intimidated and provide a comfortable environment for all. Why not join us and add your views and images.
You can find this image and all previous images at our Photo Gallery. I need some more of your images please send them to me for inclusion in this regular post. If you can add a short description with the image all the better. Regards, Nick